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FortroseUnited Kingdom

Experience authentic Highland culture in Fortrose, a town that retains strong connections to its past through historic buildings and traditional events.

Wander around the quaint Highland town of Fortrose, a historic area in the southern part of the Black Isle peninsula. Find spectacular ruins, picturesque churches and breathtaking landscapes and discover the historic buildings of the town. Look for dolphins, seals and even otters splashing about in the waters of the adjacent Moray Firth inlet.

The town began with the construction of Fortrose Cathedral. The cathedral, now a red-stone ruin in the center of the town, was built in the mid-1200s and the rest of Fortrose grew around it. Explore what remains of the medieval church, stopping at the tomb of Countess Euphemia and the freestanding chapter house.

The surrounding Cathedral Square is lined with elegant Victorian houses and village pubs. Visit in August for the annual St. Boniface Fair, a celebration of Highland culture featuring crafts, performances and music. Locals often don traditional costumes for the celebrations. The Town Hall, with impressive paintings hanging on its walls, also hosts cultural events throughout the year.

Enjoy the scenic views from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, a 19th-century building on a low cliff looking out to the estuary. Take a moment to reflect inside the peaceful, simple interior before walking down to the nearby beach.

Watch dolphins skim across the Moray Firth at Chanonry Point. The playful creatures come here to feed and are most commonly seen at high tide throughout the year. From the lighthouse at the tip of the point, admire views in both directions along the firth. Play a few rounds of golf on the scenic peninsula's course, which is over 100 years old.

Fortrose is about a 35-minute drive from Inverness Airport, which receives flights from major U.K. cities including London, Manchester and Belfast. Each season offers different reasons to visit Fortrose and the Black Isle. Enjoy the crisp and clear mornings of fall or the longer and warmer days of summer.

Top hotels in Fortrose

Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Flowerburn Holiday Homes
3.5 out of 5
Eathie Road, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
A beauty in the wild

"A little out of the way but so beautiful it is worth the extra drive"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Tigh Na Mara
Tigh Na Mara
4 out of 5
12 Marine Terrace, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland

Situated in Fortrose, this beach bed & breakfast is within 16 mi (25 km) of Inverness Castle, Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. Culloden Battlefield ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Helen and Andrew are excellent hosts at this beautiful B & B. The accommodations are so tastefully decorated, and the views are amazing! We left the window open at night so we could hear the waves. Location is perfect, steps to the beach and a nice stroll to the gold club for dinner. Excellent breakfast, ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019

Tigh Na Mara
Hazel Geodome
Hazel Geodome
2 out of 5
Black Isle Yurts, Easter Hillockhead Farm, Fortrose, Scotland

Situated near the beach, this campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club ...

Hazel Geodome
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Fortrose

Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Flowerburn Holiday Homes
3.5 out of 5
Eathie Road, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
A beauty in the wild

"A little out of the way but so beautiful it is worth the extra drive"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Hazel Geodome
Hazel Geodome
2 out of 5
Black Isle Yurts, Easter Hillockhead Farm, Fortrose, Scotland

Situated near the beach, this campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club ...

Hazel Geodome
Rowan Yurt - Campsite
Rowan Yurt - Campsite
2 out of 5
Black Isle Yurts, Easter Hillockhead, Fortrose, Scotland

Situated near the beach, this campsite is within a 5-minute walk of Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie Beach and Fairy Glen Reserve. Moray Firth and Fortrose & Rosemarkie ...

Rowan Yurt - Campsite
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Fortrose

Chanonry Point Lighthouse
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Chanonry Point Lighthouse

4.5/5(38 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Fortrose with a stop at Chanonry Point Lighthouse. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Fortrose Cathedral
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Fortrose Cathedral

5/5(1 review)

Explore the impressive ruins of this red stone medieval church, which is renowned for its high-quality masonry work.

Rosemarkie Beach
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Rosemarkie Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Rosemarkie Beach during your trip to Fortrose? Discover the area's museums and monuments.

Inverness Castle
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Inverness Castle

4/5(95 reviews)

A setting in one of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedies, this crenellated castle sits on a hill overlooking the River Ness.

Culloden Battlefield
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Culloden Battlefield

4.5/5(100 reviews)

Find out about the history of Culloden Battlefield, one of the top monuments in Inverness. Stroll along the riverfront in this relaxing area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Eden Court Theatre
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Eden Court Theatre

4.5/5(36 reviews)

See a performance, watch a movie or take a creative class at this important cultural venue.

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