tucked away in the heart of the charming conservation town of Cromarty on the Black Isle and is surrounded by Georgian architectural gems, whilst being only a couple of hundred yards from a Stevenson lighthouse The outside space at the cottage is amazing, there’s a wood-fired hot tub, pizza oven and large enclosed garden for the family dog(s) to roam around. The 18th century border walls create a sheltered, warm space, that coupled with Cromarty’s benign, mild climate make for rare Highland al fresco living. Inside the cottage there’s everything you’ll want and need for your holiday. The kitchen is wonderfully stocked and there’s loads of space for the whole family to relax in, including round the woodburning stove. Importantly the cottage is accessible for those with mobility difficulties. There’s a downstairs bedroom and a large toilet as well as a Stannah Stairlift (please let the owner know if needed) to gain access to the family bathroom. There are two further bedrooms upstairs, a kingsize double and a zip-and-link set-up for the third bedroom.
Caldon Cottage is a truly excellent base. Built relatively recently the cottage stands in the former kitchen grounds of an 18th century merchant house. Cromarty is a fascinating place with over 750 years of history. It became a Royal Burgh in the 1200s and grew to being the largest town in the Northern Highlands by the 18th century due to its salt-fish processing and sea-trade economy. The 1800s brought decline and the town’s story became one of survival. We’re pleased to say that now though this pretty little town is thriving once again.
With fantastic eateries, a brilliant 35-seat community cinema, its very own arts trust, a selection of small independent shops and possibly the best coffee shop in the Highlands (Slaughterhouse Coffee), Cromarty is most certainly having a moment. Right on the sea, Cromarty is situated at the entrance/exit to the Cromarty Firth, an outstanding natural harbour used by naval forces through both world wars. Today you’ll see different forms of shipping with most related to the renewable and oil industries. There are exploration rigs “off-duty” in the firth, and when you wander around the town these rigs makes for a striking juxtaposition between 18th century buildings and modern, industrial equipment.
The firth is also home to bottlenose dolphins that you can see from the town regularly. But the best way is to take a boat trip from Cromarty harbour (Eco ventures) so that you can get closer to the resident pod and also explore more of the firth. Beyond Cromarty the rest of the brilliant Black Isle awaits your explorations. Fortrose and Rosemarkie are very interesting with cafes and restaurants to enjoy as well as Chanonry Point – another brilliant dolphin watching spot and the location of the 15th oldest golf course in the world.
You’ll find some of the best mountain biking in the UK at Forestry Scotland’s Learnie Red Rock site. And the Black Isle Brewery deserves attention as Scotland’s only organic brewery. Skirting the Black Isle is the North Coast 500 touring route, and this is your gateway further afield to experience the majesty of the Highlands.
Living room: Freeview TV, Woodburner
Kitchen/dining room: Freeview TV, Electric Oven, Induction Hob, Microwave, Fridge/Freezer, Dishwasher, Coffee Machine
Utility Room: Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer
Bedroom 1: Double (4ft 6in) Bed
Bedroom 2: Kingsize (5ft) Bed, Freeview TV Ensuite: Cubicle Shower, Heated Towel Rail, Toilet
Bedroom 3: Zip And Link 2 x Single (3ft) Beds (Flexible Sleeping Only)
Bathroom 1: Bath With Shower Over Bath, Toilet, Grab Rail