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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|
|19-May-2022||Letterfearn Cottage EP6 (overall)||Letterfearn Cottage is in a beautiful and unique place. Everything was well prepared for our stay.|
|19-May-2022||Claonaig Lodge FA9 (overall)||Good communication and quick responses to all questions.|
|19-May-2022||Cranford Cottage BX4||Helpful, informative and prompt service|
|19-May-2022||Drumfearn Cottage AP1||Easy booking process. Cottage in a great location and generally well equipped. However, the photos of the view from this property are not up to date and the pre-arrival information was incorrect in respect of the provision of towels.|
|18-May-2022||Gariob Beag DH4||Excellent service and will use Unique Cottages again.|
|17-May-2022||Camlarg CR3||Excellent communication and availability to talk. been with them many times and easily the best agency we have ever dealt with. They always speak with you on a personal friendly basis.|
|16-May-2022||River Cottage at Old Melrose CN6||Superb cottage in beautiful surroundings. Very well equipped . Everything done to high standard. Lovely welcome pack from excellent hosts. Would love to return .|
|16-May-2022||Goodall Cottage CP6 (overall)||We cannot fault the service - friendly, welcoming and prompt to reply to our enquires.|
|15-May-2022||Kilbryde Smiddy AF6 (overall)||Fabulous Cottage with amazing views and wonderful facilities.|
|16-May-2022||Porters Lodge GE6||Always detailed, clear information concerning properties. Booking very easy to complete. Good housekeeping always returned within a couple of days. Beautiful selection of Scottish self catering properties|