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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.
Quick Links to Ross-shire Areas
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|18-Nov-2019||Fortingall Schoolhouse AA6 (overall)||Easy to use website with stunning photographs of prospective properties and detailed descriptions of features. Fast booking system and reliable correspondence throughout the process right until the end of your stay.|
|18-Nov-2019||South Persie House CN2 (overall)||Unique Cottages made the booking process seamless. I would highly endorse this self catering accommodation company and similarly, I would recommend this wonderful holiday house - exceedingly comfortable -great warmth, superb beds and bedding, well equipped kitchen -the latter definitely very much the hub of the house. The secure garden is not overlooked and provides a great expansive playground for the dogs. The swimming pool is a great boon for young and old alike. We would love to have a summer week here although anytime of the year has its own appeal. A particular thank you to Sharon the housekeeper who, with a touch of magic, keeps the place pristine clean. The welcome goodies were very much appreciated. An A plus experience from start to finish.|
|17-Nov-2019||Tigh Na Tri Cottage BR9 (overall)||Excellent!|
|17-Nov-2019||Gorrenberry House BP8 (overall)||Everything made simple and clear. Cottage just as it was marketed.|
|17-Nov-2019||Millside Cottage DZ2 (overall)||So easy to book and very informative about the cottage.|
|17-Nov-2019||Boreray Cottage AH6 (overall)||We have returned from a cottage that was high standard in a special location. Not a high price but a wonderful experience. Originally booked into a different property then found negative reviews. Unique hols changed our property without fuss.|
|16-Nov-2019||The Folly at Old Melrose CN7 (overall)||Efficient service provided by Unique Cottages. They wasted no time confirming if we could stay with our 2 dogs.|
|16-Nov-2019||Tayvulin AN8 (overall)||The house was exactly what we hoped for and met every one of our needs it was clean and warm with lots of space for us and our 3 children 15 11 and 8. We had lovely family nights toasting marshmallows and playing the wii and watched some of the DVDs on offer. We were delighted to be able to store the bikes safely in the garage. We ate at the table which could sit 8 and I had all i needed to cook simple meals. I used the washing machine and airer for drying clothes and the location was convenient and we walked down to the shops and cafes several times. Would love to stay again **|
|15-Nov-2019||Skylark Cottage CF1 (overall)||Yes would recommend|
|15-Nov-2019||Corrirowan Cottage GA9 (overall)||Easy booking system. Information given on booking and then further information once final payment made. Easy instructions on how to find the holiday property.|