Black Isle History & Heritage

Make new memories from our rich history.

The Black Isle is an area steeped in history, which the local community are keen to promote. For local heritage and legends, visit and see the exciting project to restore the ancient church and create a new home for its wonderful collection of carved stones. There are regular events and workshops too. Check the latest news at

There are many other exciting historic attractions - see below for more!


The Black Isle is steeped in history. Hunt for fossils like Hugh Miller did at atmospheric Eathie Beach, make a wish at the Clootie Well, discover chambered cairns and standing stones, a cathedral and an open-air church, and ponder more recent events at the various WW2 remains across the peninsula.

Fortrose Cathedral Image courtesy of Charles Tait

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Groam House Museum

This lovely museum is an outstanding centre for Pictish and Celtic Art in Ross-shire. The unique display is focused on 15 carved Pictish stones which all originated in the village, an important centre of early Christianity. The sculptures are amongst the works of Pictish Art that inspired George Bain, the ‘father of modern Celtic design’, most of whose surviving artwork is in the care of the museum.
High Street, Rosemarkie, IV10 8UF
Tel: 01463 811883

Cromarty Courthouse Museum

This elegant Grade A listed former courthouse, built in 1773, now houses fascinating exhibitions about the historic town of Cromarty, which are free to visit. The courtroom scene has life-like figures and audio enactment to tell the story of a trial, the other rooms tell the history of Cromarty and each year there are special exhibitions and displays.
Cromarty Courthouse Museum

Fortrose Cathedral

Within the Fortrose Cathedral is the Seat of the bishops of Ross, The north choir range and The south aisle and chapel. The north choir range is the oldest part of the ruins. The site is open to visitors.
Fortrose Cathedral

Hugh Miller Museum & Birthplace Cottage

Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum in Cromarty celebrates prominent 19th-century Highland polymath, Hugh Miller – an eminent geologist, writer and social commentator.Today the Georgian villa, Miller House, is a museum which presents his life and work, while the iconic thatched fisherman’s cottage beside it was his birthplace and early home. A peaceful garden and picturesque courtyard completes the visitor experience, which will appeal to those with keen eyes and lively minds.
Hugh Miller Museum & Birthplace Cottage
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