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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|
|29-Nov-2021||The Steading CA8 (overall)||The team were friendly, helpful and responsive. The process of paying the balance could have been more straightforward - it should have been automatic but there was some kind of hiccup which meant that it wasn't.|
|29-Nov-2021||Seaview Cabin Iona ES8 (overall)||A well organised booking, all payments taken as expected and when expected and our deposit returned very soon after departure.|
|29-Nov-2021||Rhum Cottage AG7 (overall)||No complaints. Didn't have too much interaction with Unique Cottages, but what I had was good|
|29-Nov-2021||The Nest GA4 (overall)||Unique Cottages have been very easy to book with despite having to rearrange our holiday twice because of the pandemic. They kept us up to date accordingly and made rearragning a breeze.|
|28-Nov-2021||The Shore House GC3 (overall)||Comfortable and warm, and what a view to wake up to. I even went for a dip in the loch and was joined by a curious seal. The weather wasn't great, but we didn't care with that view to look out on in such comfortable surroundings. Will bring my kayak next time.|
|28-Nov-2021||The Cottage on Loch Hosta CF3 (overall)||Excellent service. Everything was fully explained in emails, they acted immediately when I had a query and housekeeping deposit returned in less than a week.|
|27-Nov-2021||Eildon Cottage ED1 (overall)||Prompt at dealing with their emails but does seem a little antequated having to wait while office contacts owner to see if property available|
|26-Nov-2021||Ardsheal Farmhouse BJ4 (overall)||Easy to use with excellent choice of properties|
|26-Nov-2021||Highland Belfry DA9 (overall)||Best Cottages in Scotland with brilliant customer service|
|26-Nov-2021||Bay Cottage at Skara Brae DG8 (overall)||Perfect cottage for a relaxing break and celebration of my birthday in a beautiful setting. Well appointed and with a lovely big garden and wonderful views down to the beach, and along to Skara Brae. We’ve already booked to go back next year - not something we’d normally do (the world is a big place and there are lots of places to visit!). I think that says it all.|