If you are looking for a day filled with walks, culture, great food and drink, fantastic views and lots of lovely shops to peruse in the Highlands then look no further than Cromarty!
This charming little town is only a 40 minute drive from Inverness and you can easily spend a whole day here exploring the narrow streets and taking in the great buzz of the town. And Cromarty of course is home to two of my favourite food and drink businesses, The Cheese House and Cromarty Brewing Co, which are also a match made in heaven when it comes to consuming them! The Cheese House is located within a quaint little shop in the town itself and Cromarty Brewing Co is located just outside the town on the road to Fortrose and not only offers great beer but also cracking views too!
Other businesses worth visiting in Cromarty include Cromarty Pottery for lovely handmade pottery and ceramic pieces which is located in the charming old Fishertown area and down a little wild flower filled path. The shop itself is quite small but is packed full of lovely bowls, cups, jewellery and much more. Then if you are looking for something to eat I highly recommend paying a visit to Sutor Creek Cafe, a centrally located restaurant serving up amazing wood fired pizzas, delicious burgers, local beers and more. Or if you are looking for more of a snack or something sweet then their sister cafe Couper’s Creek, just along the road from The Cheese House serves up great soups, salads and sandwiches and they have a vast selection of tasty ice creams too!
Then after eating all this fab food there is no end of walking options in and around Cromarty to work it off! There is a good circuit route you can take from Cromarty, as recommended by Walk Highlands which takes in some of the best views, including Cromarty shoreline, the South Sutor Viewpoint and the narrow streets of Cromarty. Or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous you could take the ferry over to Nigg and explore the beach and North Sutor.
By no means is this all that is on offer in Cromarty, just a small selection of what we have discovered so far…EcoVentures boat trips, Hugh Miller’s Cottage, Cromarty Courthouse Museum and a walk to MacFarqhuar’s Bed are all on the list for next visit!