- Fortrose Latitude: 57.581558 Longitude: -4.130675
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Fortrose, This ancient Black Isle town was once the cathedral town of Ross shire and a noted seat of learning in medieval times. The cathedral was completed in the late I5th century and built of red sandstone, which lends a degree of charm and beauty to the now ruined structure.
Close by Fortrose is Chanonry Point and its lighthouse, where a stone marks the spot where Coinneach Odhar the Brahan seer, was executed, He was a rather misty character in Highland history, given credit for many prophecies that have since come true, such as the building of the Caledonian canal.
He prophesied the downfall of a number of great Highland chiefs in circumstances that were fulfilled down to small details. He died because his noble lady employer asked him to tell her what her husband was doing in France. What the seer saw was not to her liking and she had him burned in a tar barrel.
Fortrose has some great bed and breakfast accommodation ideal for touring the Black Isle.
Fortrose was settled by the Picts, you can find more than a dozen carved stones locally, The town lies between Avoch and Rosemarkie on the A832 on the southern coast of the Black Isle,facing the Inverness firth a narrow neck of land culminating in the chanonry point and a lighthouse separating Fortrose from the outer moray firth, you can reach Fortrose by car you travel north from Inverness on the A9 Inverness offers accommodation to suit all budgets from Bed and Breakfast, hotels and hostels, go over the Kessock Bridge, until you reach the Tore roundabout take the exit marked the A832 to Avoch, Fortrose and Cromarty. Follow this road until you reach Fortrose, Rosemarkie is a mile further on. In 1592 Fortrose was a royal burgh.
You will find the remains of a cathedral here, founded by David the 1st the Cathedral was built in 1250 A.D only a fraction of the original building remains standing, Cromwell it is said used many of the stones of the already derelict building to build his fort in Inverness, to day known as Fort George. Every year there is held a mediaeval fair, St. Boniface's Fair the locals dress up in mediaeval costume it is held in the square with the Cathedral as a centrepiece, there are local craft and produce stalls, jugglers and tumblers, and traditional music.
There has been a school here since 1584 Near the Cathedral is the town hall a converted church, Today it is adorned with the magnificent portraits of the Seaforth Mackenzie which were gifted to the people of Fortrose in the 1950's after the demolition of their ancestral seat at Brahan. take a boat from Avoch Harbour or Cromarty to see dolphins. Or visit Munlochy Bay to spot wading birds, ducks and migratory birds, or feed ducks, geese and swans at Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park, there are two caravan and camping sites in the area, and home to the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club, founded in 1888.There all types of holiday accommodation here from Bed and Breakfast to self catering.