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This sprawling county north of Inverness is divided into Wester and Easter Ross, both of which have their own particular charms. The east coast incorporates Cromarty and the lovely Black Isle peninsula, while the west has its spectacular coastline, including the Applecross peninsula and the wonderful beaches there and at Gairloch and Gruinard.
Inland too there is wonderful countryside of mountains and tumbling rivers and such delights as the picturesque spa village of Strathpeffer - in short, something for everyone.
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So Much to Explore
Turning eastwards at the Tore roundabout just a few miles north of Inverness is the main route of access to the Black Isle, which is a peninsula rather than an island, and one which is famous for its birdlife. It is seldom that some of the recently reintroduced red kites, recognisable by their notched tails, cannot be seen soaring in the air near the roundabout.
For a rich selection of wading birds, the bay at Munlochy is the place. The peninsula has several charming villages, such as Avoch and Fortrose/Rosemarkie, while nearby Chanonry Point is one of the prime dolphin watching sites in all of Europe.
At the end of the peninsula is the sleepy and enchanting village of Cromarty, and as a further bonus, the peninsula has its own brewery and a distillery at Muir of Ord.
Further to the north, the main A9 bypasses further attractive villages with an equally attractive hinterland behind them and leads up to Tain and the southern shores and sandy beaches of the Dornoch Firth, which forms the border with Sutherland. The highest mountain of this part of the world is Ben Wyvis near Garve, which is a fairly easy ascent and affords magnificent views.
While the craggy peaks of Easter Ross's western counterpart may seem lacking in comparison, it still has plenty of lovely countryside in terms of woodlands and moorlands, quiet river valleys, tumbling waterfalls and glorious beaches, to explore.
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|Date||Product||Score||Customer Comment||Our Response|
|21-May-2022||Finsbay Cottage EA3||Would use again. Hassle free|
|21-May-2022||Linn Cottage FL7 (overall)||Cottage was great and in great location importantly nice and clean . Plenty wildlife and walks . Gate was hard to open and close but that was the only negative. Bed good size and comfortable. Kitchen well equipped. Yes we would go back definitely.|
|21-May-2022||Seaview Cabin Iona ES8 (overall)||Easy booking experience, clear instructions, contact free check in and speedy refund of security deposit after stay. Good selection of properties - would recommend.|
|21-May-2022||Achleek Cottage DB9 (overall)||Recommended and use often|
|21-May-2022||Snow Goose Apartment EZ1||Very comfortable, spacious, well equipped and in a beautiful location.|
|21-May-2022||Fern Cottage BR5 (overall)||Good. Efficient|
|21-May-2022||Falls Cottage CT6 (overall)||Guter, flexibler Service, insbesondere bei der pandemibedingten Verschiebung der Buchung|
|20-May-2022||Liosbeag DT9 (overall)||Perfect location, perfect cottage. . On a sunny day, views of the beautiful beach and gentle rippling water lapping at the shore…. Sit on the patio with candles… perfect!! On stormy days, dramatic waves, wild rugged coast- makes you feel alive, fresh walk on the beach or snuggle down with a book. Can’t get any better than this cottages location. Cottage well equipped, shower powerful and hot, bath deep, bed cosy and comfortable. Nice wood burner for chilly nights and keeps the place really warm. My second visit to this cottage and will not be my last. I’d buy it, if they let me 😀. Isle of Lewis has some of the best beaches in the world. Thank you for my little gift left and for ensuring all went well. I so needed that time at Liosbeag. Kindest regards|
|20-May-2022||Sgeir a'Chais AJ4 (overall)||Great communications and website.|
|20-May-2022||Sea Breeze Cottage AD6 (overall)||Very efficient, give all the information you require and a phone number just in case. They actually answer the phone.|