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Magic light and breathtaking views

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A March 2010 trip to Fortrose by Red Mezz

Light on the Black Isle Photo, Fortrose, Scotland More Photos
Quote: In what may well be the most beautiful town in Scotland - Fortrose sits on the breathtaking edge of the Moray Firth. With a contented serenity and a welcoming atmosphere - you feel at home the minute you arrive, and each time you visit it gets harder to leave...

The Studio Jewellery Workshop and Cafe

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Restaurant | "A very near miss..."

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The Fat Frog Cafe in Fortrose is a review I feel almost hesitant to write. Having lived here for over a year now I've put off this particular review several times as I've felt that I wanted to be able to do so as clearly and as positively as possible, given the conflicting feelings I have about it. However - given that my opinion has remained the same in all of this time, I'll simply lay out both the pluses and minuses of the experience here and let the reader judge for themselves. To begin with, the one glaring absence in the Fortrose High Street has been that of a little coffee shop. Though Eilean Dubh Restaurant just around the corner does have outside seating and offers coffee and c...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 27, 2011

The Studio Jewellery Workshop and Cafe
28 High Street
Fortrose, Scotland

Eilean Dubh Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Black Isle cuisine..."

Eilean Dubh Restaurant Photo, Fortrose, Scotland
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For being such a small village - Fortrose is well equipped with excellent restaurants. At one end of the high street is the interesting and eclectic The Anderson hotel and restaurant, and at the other end just as you arrive in town from Avoch is the exquisite Eilean Dubh. The restaurant name is Gaelic for 'Black Isle' and you do get a sense of it being a bit of a bastion of good dining on the isle. The place is always full - particularly on a Sunday where the you'd be hard pressed to find a nicer Sunday lunch (though you might want to arrive early or book a table if you want a seat). Barely a Sunday goes by when the tables aren't full - and there's good reason for that. At first glance...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2011

Eilean Dubh Restaurant
18 High Street
Fortrose, Scotland

Story Belgian Caledonian Chocolate Line

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Attraction | "A stunning taste of Belgium in the highlands..."

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Perhaps the last thing you really expect to find in the middle of a little village in the Scottish highlands is a shop filled with handmade Belgian chocolates - but that is exactly what you'll find in Fortrose. Now, Story's chocolate shop is not the reason I moved to Fortrose, but I have to say that if I had known about it before I made the decision to settle in this little village - it wouldn't have deterred me from making the decision. There's a quirky Belgian theme running through our little village on the shores of the Moray Firth from the large selection of Belgian beers at The Anderson, the Belgian hot chocolate offered at the Fat Frog cafe, and best of all, the hand made, geun...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2011

Story Belgian Caledonian Chocolate Line
65 High Street
Fortrose, Scotland

Fortrose Cathedral

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Attraction | "You can't miss it..."

Fortrose Cathedral Photo, Fortrose, Scotland
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Fortrose is a small place - and so to be fair it's not a big surprise that the Fortrose Cathedral was one of the first things which caught my eye. You never know quite what to expect in the little villages of Scotland, and I had been through many in the weeks before I first found myself in Fortrose looking endlessly for a little highland spot to call home. By the time I did get here - I was starting to think that there was nothing at all to distinguish one from the other. Some seemed a little busier than others, some a littler dirtier - but all in all they were beginning to blend into one big group. When I pulled in to the high street of Fortrose I was expecting the same yet...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2011

Fortrose Cathedral
Cathedral Square
Fortrose, Scotland

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

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Attraction | "The beautiful little church with the best view in Scotland"

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Photo, Fortrose, Scotland
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The views in Fortrose are numerous - and there are many places you can stand to take in the stunning light and the brilliant blue of the firth, but arguably the best place to enjoy the perfect serenity and unrivalled light is the hill just off of Ardross Street next to one of my favourite little churches in Scotland. It's easy to be jaded by beautiful little churches and chapels when you've lived in the UK for any lenght of time. It seems every village has some small church which is worth travelling abroad just to see - and after some time you begin to regard them simply as churches once again. But from the moment I first saw it - I've had a soft spot in my heart for the littl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 27, 2011

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Academy Street
Fortrose, Scotland
01381 622241

The wonderous light on the Black Isle.

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Light on the Black Isle Photo, Fortrose, Scotland
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There are so many ways to describe a trip to Scotland - there are enough thing to view and places to see and historical sights and castles and distilleries to make your head spin. But no one comes to Scotland expecting to lounge in the sun, and I think everyone arrives with at least a mild expectation of the inevitable bad weather. And if they don't - they realize they should have very soon after arriving. However, in all of my time before coming here, in my first travels around this lush country, and in all the years since that I've lived here - I've never once heard anyone talk about how good the light is in Scotland. And that is because - after almost a decade here I have ...Read More

The Clootie Well

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Attraction | "A Pagan Past, and a Wierdly Interesting Day Out..."

The Clootie Well Photo, Munlochy, Scotland
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It's hard to explain to someone who isn't already familiar with the concept of the clootie well, why it's something to go and visit. If you were making the drive through the Black Isle towards Munlochy from Inverness and were unfamiliar with this tradition - you would certainly pass this little spot off the side of the road and think that you had just witnessed some strange and horrible hobo-camp gone awry A friend of mine, recently deciding to make a visit to Scotland asked about things to do on the Black Isle (an area north of Inverness which is very pleasantly situated between the Moray and Cromarty Firth). When I mentioned our rather resplendent clootie well and sent a few...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2010

The Clootie Well
A832, One Mile West of Munlochy
The Black Isle, Scotland

The Anderson Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Food that will surpass all expectation..."

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After spending a almost 8 years living in Edinburgh and several years out in the world enjoying the vast selection of cuisine in Hong Kong, Christchurch, Los Angeles, London, Cornwall and Glasgow - I admit I was a little daunted by moving to a small town in the Scottish highlands with only two real restaurants to choose from. Not that the size of the town mattered - Fortrose from the moment I saw it seemed the perfect stopping place after years of travel and I was more than happy to recline in the quiet repose of unequaled scenery. But in my years enjoying various cities, I have become a bit of a fan of restaurants and going out to an evening of nice food and good wine has become one of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2011

The Anderson Restaurant
Union Street
Fortrose, Scotland IV10 8TD
01381 620 236

About the Writer

Red Mezz

Red Mezz
Inverness, United Kingdom