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Avoch Bay, Black Isle (Credit: VisitScotland/ Paul Tomkins)
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Black Isle

The Black Isle is a long and thin peninsula stretching eastwards from the Highland country towns of Beauly, Muir of Ord and Conon Bridge to Cromarty at its north-east tip. Connected to the south by the Kessock Bridge and to the north by the Cromarty Firth Causeway, the Black Isle rewards all visitors with a fine range of great places to visit, walks to enjoy and no small number of hidden gems.

Along the southern flanks of the Black Isle from North Kessock, tucked under the bridge, to Avoch with its historic harbour, visitors can take their time to enjoy walks around Ord Hill or the spooky Clootie Well at Munlochy. Beyond Avoch, the adjacent towns of Fortrose and Rosemarkie embrace the seashore and welcome golfers, walkers and history buffs – the latter notably drawn to Fortrose Cathedral and Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, home to a fine collection of Pictish treasures. Inland, the forest trails of the Black Isle are wonderful for exploring on foot or by bike, along with numerous smaller villages such as Tore, Culbokie and Jemimaville, all with their own stories to tell.

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