The Black Isle
Neither black in colour or an Isle
Venture off route! Despite its name, the Black Isle is a peninsula – famous for its rich farmland and increasingly popular food and drink scene – from the Black Isle’s natural larder to craft beer, world class mountain biking and one of the best spots in Scotland for spotting dolphins! Explore all the colours of the Black Isle.
Photos: Andrew Dowsett Photography: Rosemarkie Beach, Jemimaville, Fairy Glen, Cromarty Firth
Black Isle Map
Why is the Black Isle called the Black Isle? What makes the Black Isle special? Learn a little bit more about this beautiful region of the North Highlands. Why not hire a bike from Ticket to ride in Inverness and explore the region.
With more than 100 accommodation providers throughout the Black Isle we have something to suit all pockets. From B&Bs to 5 star hotels, from bunkhouse to campsites, you’ll find a home-from-home
NC500 Members in the Black Isle
Official NC500 Members
EcoVenturesEcoVentures, Harbour Workshop, Bank Street, Cromarty, IV11 8YE +44 (0)1381 600 323
Based in the beautiful town of Cromarty at the heart of the Moray Firth, EcoVentures specialises in marine wildlife watching trips using a custom built 9.5m RIB. Our trips frequently encounter bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, seals, minke whales and a wide variety of seabirds. An informative commentary is given throughout the trip with refreshments provided. […]
Culbokie InnCulbokie Inn, Culbokie, Dingwall, IV7 8JH +44 (0)1349 877 280
Just off the A9 with stunning views over the Cromarty Firth. Small local family run country pub and restaurant, serving local produce and traditional homemade food. With a open fire and large selection of local whisky in the bar. NC500 Member Discount Available: 10% off your bill Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome […]
RSPB Scotland Udale Bay Nature ReserveRSPB Udale Bay, B9163, Jemimaville, Dingwall IV7 8LU +44 (0)1463 715 000
Just outside of Inverness, this peaceful intertidal bay on the Black Isle (a peninsula well known for its rich farmland and local brewery) is home to thousands of waders, ducks, geese and fishing osprey from late summer through to April. Autumn is the busiest time at Udale as wintering birds start to arrive to take […]
Kinkell HouseConon Bridge, Dingwall, IV7 8HY +44 (0)1463 224 343
For Sale (via Galbraith) An established well located country house hotel with a high standard of accommodation and stunning water and mountain views. 9 bedrooms & 4 reception rooms. Attractive traditional house retaining original features. Well appointed reception rooms and en suite bedrooms. High occupancy levels with guests from all over the world. Spectacular views […]
Groam House MuseumGroam House Museum, High Street, Rosemarkie, IV10 8UF +44 (0)1463 811 883
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’, […]
Torgorm No 3Torgorm No 3, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, IV7 8DN +44 (0)1738 451 610
Torgorm No 3 offers truly beautiful self catering holiday accommodation in the countryside close to Dingwall in Ross-shire. This holiday cottage, set on a working farm, has been finished to an impeccable standard and provides comfortable and modern accommodation. Beautifully decorated and furnished throughout, you will be sure to enjoy a most memorable holiday in […]
RSPB Scotland Fairy Glen Nature ReserveRSPB Fairy Glen, Bridge St, Fortrose IV10 8UP +44 (0)1463 715 000
In a hidden glen, not far from Inverness, is a magical broadleaf woodland known as Fairy Glen. This small and steep-sided reserve is the perfect place to relax and connect with nature. Follow the winding footpath to discover two beautiful waterfalls, while keeping an eye out for buzzards circling overhead or a grey heron stalking […]
Farness HousePoyntzfield, By Dingwall, IV7 8LY +44 (0)1463 224 343
For Sale (via Galbraith) A handsome country house set in beautiful grounds and with stunning views. 5 Bedrooms & 3 Reception Rooms. A delightful family home retaining many original features. Established gardens and mature woodland with specimen trees. Outbuildings including garages, workshop and garden stores. Well managed grazing land. Sheltered, elevated site with lovely views […]
Old Drynie HouseOld Drynie House Bed and Breakfast, Kilmuir, North Kessock, IV1 3XG +44 (0)7989 387 676
Old Drynie House offers the ideal accommodation choice for those looking for a B&B at the start and end of NC500, near Inverness, Scotland. Our aim is to offer you a fantastic experience when it comes to finding a luxury bed and breakfast on the Black Isle. We are situated in a prime location. Our bed […]
Highland Auto CampersRivulet Cottage, Milton Redcastle, Muir of Ord, Inverness, IV6 7SQ +44 (0)7971 997 349
We are a pet friendly campervan rental business in the Highlands of Scotland, located just outside Inverness. We are close to Inverness Airport and railway stations, and can arrange transfers to our base if you arrive by public transport. Come and explore the Highlands of Scotland, North Coast 500 or Western Isles in our fully […]
The Factor’s House 5 star B&BThe Factor's House 5 star B&B, Denny Road, Cromarty, IV11 8YT +44 (0)1381 600 394
Luxury accommodation in Cromarty overlooking the Cromarty Firth. The Factor’s House is set in private grounds overlooking the Cromarty Firth, just a short walk to the beach and harbour, quaint shops, bars and eating places. Three lovely en suite bedrooms have been individually designed with thoughtful touches to create a stylish and luxurious space.
Carndaisy House B&BCarndaisy House Bed and Breakfast, Easter Urray, Muir of Ord, IV6 7UL +44 (0)1463 870 244
A warm highland welcome awaits you at Carndaisy. Situated at Easter Urray we are at the beginning of your North Coast 500 journey. We offer 5 luxury ensuite bedrooms, we offer a delicious breakfast using the very best Highland produce, giving you your first taste of wonderful homemade scones.
Sydney House Bed and BreakfastSydney House Bed and Breakfast, 12 High Street, Cromarty, IV11 8UZ +44 (0)1381 600 451
Sydney House is situated on the High Street in Cromarty and is a traditional Georgian House, built in 1849. There are 3 comfortable en-suite bedrooms available to guests. All the bedrooms are on the first floor of the house. Guests are free to relax and have a refreshing cup of tea on the patio of […]
The Studio – Arts, Crafts & PhotographyThe Studio - Arts, Crafts & Photography, The Studio, Main Street, North Kessock, IV1 3XN +44 (0)1463 731 110
Art, Craft & Photography Studio incorporating Aurorabearealis Arts and Crafts by Susan Phillips and Charlie Phillips Images – award winning professional photography.
Wildwoodz Paintball and Lasertag ParkWildwoodz Paintball and Lasertag Park, Wildwoodz Paintball Park, Woodside of Drumnamerg, Littleburn, Munlochy, IV8 8PD +44 (0)1381 622 220
The Highlands most exciting outdoor venue! World class Paintball, Lasertag and Archery facilities providing unequalled 5 Star service and equipment. In 2015 Axe Throwing, Bushcraft and Laser Clays were added to their exciting repertoire so there truly is something for everyone.
Glen Ord DistilleryGlen Ord Distillery, Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord, IV6 7UJ +44 (0)1463 872 004
A visit to Glen Ord Distillery, on the edge of the Black Isle in the Highlands west of Inverness, is a delight to both the eye and the palate. Watch our distillers at work creating a magical malt whisky which is sweet, malty and dry on the palate. Visitors are also welcome to browse our […]
Sutor Creek CaféSutor Creek Café, 21 Bank St, Cromarty, IV11 8YE +44 (0)1381 600 855
Situated by the harbour in the historic town of Cromarty on the Black Isle, Sutor Creek is a relaxed family restaurant offering Scottish seafood, seasonal menus and wood-fired pizzas. The lunch and dinner menus are created from locally-sourced produce that highlights the very best of what the Black Isle’s natural larder has to offer.
Fortrose Bay CampsiteFortrose Bay Campsite, Wester Greengates, Fortrose, IV10 8RX +44 (0)1381 621 927
A small touring campsite with stunning views over the Moray firth. A friendly and peaceful well equipped site on the sea shore. A great spot for dolphin viewing!!!!!
The Muir Hub (Muir of Ord Hall and Facilities Company)The Muir Hub (Muir of Ord Hall and Facilities Company), Great North Road, Muir of Ord, IV6 7SU +44 (0)1463 870 588
Newly refurbished historic village school opened this year as a local community centre with cafe, meeting rooms and cinema/theatre. Public events include films, exhibitions, music, children’s play sessions, talks on subjects of local interest. The cafe provides home-cooked meals and baking.
Black Isle BreweryBlack Isle Brewery, Old Allangrange, Munlochy, Black Isle, IV8 8NZ +44 (0)7584 131 509
Started in 1998, Black Isle Brewery is Scotland’s only organic brewery. The Black Isle has long been known for its superior quality land on which to grow barley and so provides the perfect place for brewing beer. We grow not just our own grain, but fruit, herbs and vegetables too. Our brewery tours run daily, […]
Red GatesRed Gates, Newhall Mains, Balblair, Nr Dingwall, IV7 8LQ +44 (0)7843 432 849
Red Gates, a beautiful and newly restored 18th Century building, originally built as the Coach House for the “Mains of Newhall”. Located in the middle of the countryside, the property has been in the same family for 200 years. We are conveniently located on the NC500 Route, perfect for those embarking on a Highland tour. […]
RSPB Scotland Tollie Red KitesRSPB Tollie Red Kites Natural Reserve, Dingwall IV7 8HQ +44 (0)1463 715 000
At Tollie Red Kites near Dingwall, a partnership between RSPB Scotland and the Brahan Estate, you can watch our most graceful bird of prey up close and enjoy stunning views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis, a munro at 1046 metres. Food is put out daily by a team of local volunteers and there are […]