In Fortrose the ruins of the red sandstone 13th century cathedral lie at the heart of the village with its grand old houses, tea shops and art studios.
A quiet friendly place, Fortrose has a good beach and the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Course has 18 challenging holes designed in 1930 by the famous golfer and course architect James Braid. The views from the links take in the blue waters of the Moray Firth.
On the beach at Chanonry Point, the old lighthouse beams its light across the firth to Fort George and you can often see dolphins and seals playing in the surf. The bottle-nose dolphins are the only colony in Scotland and are the most northerly in the world. You can take boat trips out to see them.
The memorial to the Brahan Seer sits next to the car park. This Highland folk prophet lived in the 17th century and met his grisly end on Chanonry Point when pitched alive into a barrel of boiling tar. His fate was decided by his patroness the Countess of Seaforth who had not been amused by the seer’s ‘vision’ of her husband carrying on with a French woman while away in Paris ‘on business’. Before his untimely demise, he accurately prophesied the fall of the Seaforth family and many of his other visions have since come true.
Nearby Rosemarkie is known for its beautiful sandy beach. There are some fine walks in the area, including the Fairy Glen - a beautiful woodland with picture-perfect waterfalls. The award-winning Groam House Museum explores the mystery of the Picts who left a legacy of carved stones.