COME AND STAY IN THE PICTURESQUE SEASIDE VILLAGE OF FORTROSE ON THE BLACK ISLE:-
*LOCAL AWARD WINNING CAMRA PUB AND RESTAURANT
*LARGE CLEAN DOUBLE ROOM WITH COMFORTABLE KINGSIZE BED
*LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND GUIDE BOOK
*TEA AND COFFEE FACILITIES IN ROOM
*BREAKFAST NOT INCLUDED but great cafe and bakery nearby or you can self cater
*SHARED BATHROOM AND KITCHEN
*DOLPHINS AND SEALS
*SANDY BEACH, CAVES AND ROCKPOOLS
*20 MIN DRIVE TO INVERNESS
*40 MIN DRIVE TO LOCH NESS
*2.5HR DRIVE TO THE ISLE OF SKYE
*2.5HR DRIVE TO JOHN O GROATS
The house is a 4 bedroomed Victorian stone built terrace house built in 1855, with many original features and is centrally situated on the main street in the village. It is within walking distance of all the attractions in Fortrose and it's neighboring villages.
The bedroom is on the first floor and has a comfortable King size bed, tea and coffee making facilities, freeview television and Broadband wifi. Towels are provided along with iron, hairdryer and a range of books and games. There is a lovely view from the window of the garden and farmland beyond.
There is a shared bathroom which has a bath with integral shower. The large garden with patio area and barbecue is a sunny spot to sit, and a great place to relax with a good book in the hammock at the top of the garden. The kitchen and living room are available to use, however, if we are at work, the dogs are contained in this area, and so, unless you are at ease with the dogs, no access is possible (this is only a maximum of 2-3 days a week until 5.30pm) . We are unable to provide breakfast as we both work, but the local cafe serves excellent Full Scottish and American breakfasts. Alternatively the local bakery serves takeaway breakfast sandwiches or if you wish to self cater there is a co-op grocery store in the village. You are welcome to use the washing machine in the kitchen, and the living room has an open fire. If traveling by car there are plenty of free parking spaces on the streets near the house.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN FORTROSE VILLAGE
The historic seaside village of Fortrose is on the Black Isle and lies fifteen miles north east of Inverness and is a forty minute drive from Inverness Airport and twenty minute drive from Inverness town centre. The Black Isle isn't actually an Island but a peninsula, encompassed by the Moray and Cromarty Firth. It also seems to have it's own micro-climate and benefits from low rainfall totals.
The village has a chemist, medical center, G.P.O., two A.T.M's, gift shop, public library, four churches and an antique shop. There are two cafes, two restaurants, two pubs, and a fish and chip shop. The Camra award winning Anderson Hotel is run by a friendly couple from America and has over one hundred Belgian Beers and more than two hundred different whiskeys. It also serves high quality international and Scottish cuisine, and has traditional music sessions every other sunday. It is featured in the lonely planet guide book. There is a local gym, eighteen hole golf course and a thirteenth century ruined cathedral set in a square of ancient yew trees. It's a five minute walk to the picturesque nineteenth century harbor designed by Thomas Telford. The lighthouse at Channonry Point is a pleasant two mile walk and a great spot for viewing dolphins, porpoises and seals which feed on the wild salmon in the Firth. The Black Isle is known for it's population of red kites and has several RSPB sites for bird watching. We have recently sited deer, otters and a pine martin nearby. There are also tennis, volley ball and badminton courts to use in the village.
The neighbouring villages are also worth a visit. Avoch is an old fishing village with lots of little stonebuilt fishermans cottages and runs dolphin trips from the harbor. It has a great Chinese and Indian take away too. Munlochy has the Allen Grange Arms pub with wonderful A'lacart restaurant. Rosemarkie village has a beautiful sandy beach 2min drive away with rockpools, sandunes and caves to explore. It also has two cafes, a pub, a delicatesan, gift shop and museum and two restaurants. Horse drawn carriage rides operate from the village and there are lots of great walks nearby that we would be happy to show you.
Cromarty village is situated on the tip of the peninsula, and is a twenty minute drive or bus ride away. It is an old fishing village complete with beach and lighthouse. A small car ferry runs from the harbor across the Cromarty Firth to Nigg to allow greater ease to explore the east coast of the Highlands. The Eco-venture company provides boat trips to explore the nearby wildlife. There are great views from South Sutor, a hill at the mouth of the Firth, which is accessible via a popular walk . Cromarty has a bakery, G.P.O. gift shop, A.T.M , two pubs, a cafe, antique shop, pottery shop and an excellent restaurant that serves pizzas baked in a wood fired oven and local seafood. There are also two museums in the village. We are happy to pre-book a table for you to eat out in the evening as they become quite busy during the summer months and generally stop serving at 9pm.
There are extensive mountain bike tracks on the Black Isle and quad bikes to hire on the local farm. It is a great base to explore the whole of the Highlands. We can recommend great spots to view Loch Ness or take a boat trip along the Loch to Urchart Castle. There are excellent bus links (no.26 Stagecoach bus) to Inverness where it is possible to travel by train, plane, coach or car to explore the rest of the Highlands. Inverness Tourist information office also organises trips to Loch Ness( approx. 40min drive) and the Orkney Islands etc. John o groats is another 3 hr drive north and the Isle of Skye 2 and a half hrs drive west.
We have compiled a guide book of the local attractions for your use and are always available to give more information and would love to show you the local area.
Mike and Rachel are a very helpful and kind couple. The room is really nice. We talk sometimes and they helped us for everything.
Speaking about the room, it was very cozy. The bed was very comfortable and they brought us a fresh milk and biscuits (and coffee, tea, etc...).
We'll hope to see you again.
It's recommended without doubt.
Mike and Rachel are wonderful hosts - so welcoming to my wife and myself, further enhanced by their two very friendly and most lovable dogs. Their home is really nice, with a beautifully kept garden. Our bedroom was very comfortable and aesthetic. We were able to use the kitchen facilities, which is most useful. Everything is kept spotlessly clean. We have no hesitation whatsover in thoroughly recommending this accommodation.
We enjoyed our stay with Mike, Rachel and the dogs; room was big, bed was very comfty and the view to the garden great; they were very helpful too; overall very relaxing experience. Don't miss dinner at the pub accross the road, it was best recommendation from Mike & Rachel
Mike and Rachel made me and my mum feel at home. As soon as we arrived I asked Mike where and when I should go to see the dolphins and, of course, he helped me out :). Thank you for everything (especially the fitness advice in the morning)!
It was a real pleasure staying in Mike and Rachel's lovely home. They were so friendly and hospitable. Wish I could have stayed longer! Huge thanks to you both.
Mike and Rachel are great hosts. So helpful, knowledgable and friendly. The house was beautiful . The room was amazing. Right next to the bathroom, so it was like an en suite. The dogs are lovely. Seeing the dolphins was incredible. Ask Rachel for the right time to go and be patient. They will come. They're only about 4 metres away. If nature is your thing, you will love it . Go for a walk up the beach while you 're waiting. Very nice. Dinner at the pub over the road is yummy.
Chambre très agréable, bien décorée, impeccable. Nos hôtes nous ont prêté la cuisine pour le petit déjeuner.Mike et Rachel sont d'une très grande gentillesse.
A very beautiful location!! And Mike and Rachel were really nice with us. The house is very cute :)
Je suis très satisfait de mon séjour chez Mike et Rachel. Ils ont été très accueillants, et la chambre est superbe !
Mike and Rachel were very nice, warm and hospitable people
Their place was as advertised : a large room with lots of light. Bathroom was really nice, we were allowed to store some food in the fridge, parking was easy to find and the bed was one of the nicest we've slept in at a bnb
Had great walks around the town, ate fish and chips and YES we saw dolphins
Defiantly recommend this location to anyone staying in the area
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