Walk: Cromarty, coast & caves

Highland | Black Isle | Half day walk | ★★

[McFarquhar's Bed]

The Black Isle peninsula is shaped a little like a ship's bow jutting out into the Moray Firth. At the very tip of the prow are the Sutors Stacks, marking the end of a steep and rough headland. This short but fairly tiring route explores the coastline hereabouts, cutting inland through farmland for the return leg. Views across the Cromarty Firth towards Nigg are excellent, and there are also some spectacular rock architecture to watch out for, including caves, natural arches and sea stacks.

[Leaving Cromarty]

📌 Walk: Cromarty, coast & caves ★★
Start / finish at car park on Forsyth Place, Cromarty village centre, G.R.: NH 789676 ///nature.grading.gloom

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 250 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Cromarty ★★ (& village sights); Cromarty coastline including McFarquhar's Bed & Cave
Terrain: Coastal section mainly on fairly rough paths and tracks with some steep sections and some mud. Minor road return.

Route & map

Cromarty - coast path to minor road end and viewpoint at Sutors of Cromarty - path junction at G.R.: NH 799655 - descend to McFarquhar's Bed & Cave - return to path junction - Cromarty Mains Farm - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Just a few seabirds, but this is a good area to spot dolphins out in the firth.
Weather: Warm and often sunny, little wind.

Chronological photo guide

[Looking across the Cromarty Firth from the ferry departure point, near the start]

[Leaving Cromarty]

[Across the firth from Sutors of Cromarty]

[McFarquhar's Bed]

[Inland return]


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