Cromarty – a Moray Firth gem.

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The Moray Firth coast is littered with small villages and towns associated with fishing and the sea. Cromarty stands out with some fine Georgian architecture, the summer-only ferry to Nigg and a lovely selection of places to eat and shop – the perfect place for a day out in the fresh air. To travel there from  Nairn, we have to drive 37 miles to the Kessock bridge; up the A9 to Tore and then east along the length of the Black Isle; in effect a long loop. As the sea gull flies, Cromarty cannot be more than nine miles from Nairn as it is located almost exactly opposite Nairn across the Moray Firth.

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Birthplace of Geologist Hugh Miller – there is a museum dedicated to his life run by the National Trust for Scotland.

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There is a small harbour with some First World War structures remaining intact. The Cromarty-Nigg ferry runs during the summer months.

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The ever-present evidence of North Sea hydrocarbon exploration and extraction in the Cromarty Firth. The rigs are mothballed test drilling rigs currently between exploration projects.

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Looking back towards the town from the harbour. A great deal of sea life can be observed from Cromarty and the light house and associated buildings are a field station for Aberdeen University where research into the effects of man-made structures impacts on marine mammals and birds.

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Shopping and eating: thres several cafes and restaurants in the town including a particular favourite of mine: Sutors Creek. Advance booking is advised! There’s crafting, gift shops (such as Ingrids House) and the Cromarty Pottery too. Nature lovers can indulge in sea life boat trips with Ecoventures. Yep, it’s a firm favourite!

 

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