From The Bothy, and from the patio area and private garden, you can enjoy truly magnificent views over Cromarty Firth and the Sutors, with the mountains of Sutherland stretching away to the North and the Aberdeenshire coast to the East.
Just down the hill from Cromarty Mains, the historic town of Cromarty provides a mix of architecture, gardens and narrow streets (known as vennels), as well as a bakery, village store, cheese shop, antique shop, restaurants, coffee shops, churches, museums, a pottery, galleries, gift shops, a library, pubs and a hotel.
The town also benefits from a lively cultural life, hosting an annual Film Festival, a Crime and Thrillers weekend and a variety of musical and art events.
Cromarty Firth and the farmland and woodlands of the Black Isle are rich in wildlife. Dolphins are regular visitors to the Firth (dolphin watching tours are run from near the harbour), and otters can sometimes be spotted on the shoreline. Red kites and buzzards are among the varied birdlife of the area. In summer, Cromarty Mains and the nearby barns are a favoured haunt of dozens of swallows and house martins. In winter, there’s a fair chance too of seeing the amazing Aurora Borealis lighting up the night sky.
Cromarty Mains is also an ideal starting point for walks, both easy and more demanding. These include the little used road out to South Sutor headland and back down the “Hundred Steps” to Cromarty Firth, and the “Ladies Walk” down a winding path through woodland to the Paye and Church Street. Or you can set off in the other direction to MacFarquhar’s Bed on the Moray Firth and from there on to Rosemarkie.
For cyclists, the “American Road” takes you from The Bothy to the scenic route to Eathie and the Black Isle’s extensive network of cycle tracks.
Please see the links below to discover more about Cromarty, The Black Isle and beyond. Maps and guides are also provided in The Bothy.
The excellent Cromarty Live website provides a huge amount of information, including places to eat and drink, local business and attractions, and upcoming events.
The Black Isle
For information about the wider Black Isle then you can visit the the Black Isle info site.
Inverness and Loch Ness
To find out more about Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and nearby Loch Ness.
North and West
If you feel like travelling further north, or west, in Scotland, then the North Coast 500 might be a good place to start.
Walking in the Highlands
To help you find and plan walks throughout the Highlands.