Local Area

Local Information

Chanonry Park is in Fortrose, one of the most charming and historic towns on the Black Isle. Fortrose lies between Avoch and Rosemarkie, and boasts an attractive harbour and fine, secluded beaches. Along the shoreline, Chanonry Point is both a distinctive landmark and a famous location for dolphin-watching.

The idyllic location offers a real feel of rural seclusion – which is only a short drive from Inverness, with its lively mix of cultural attractions and commercial activities. Locally, you’ll discover a range of excellent amenities with a choice of restaurants. Good primary schools and the renowned Fortrose Academy ensure sound education opportunities for the whole family. Leisure hours can be spent happily between local golf and sailing, or simply enjoying the scenic variety and wildlife of the Black Isle.

Transport

Distance from Inverness: 14 miles

Inverness offers all city facilities including shops, bars, restaurants, cinema and theatre.

Distance from Dingwall: 15 miles

Air: Inverness Airport: 20 miles

Rail: Inverness Railway Station (13 miles). Services run to Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Aberdeen, Thurso, Wick and Kyle of Lochalsh. Inverness is also connected to London by the Caledonian Sleeper.

Bus: Stagecoach runs regular bus services between Fortrose and Inverness.

Education

Primary: Avoch Primary School. Includes nursery, after school care, and after school and lunchtime activities.

Secondary: Fortrose Academy, Fortrose.

Fortrose Playgroup is based at the Black Isle Leisure Centre, Deans Road, Fortrose.

Health

Doctors

Fortrose Surgery, Station Road, Fortrose.

Hospital

Raigmore Hospital, Inverness (14 miles)

Ross Memorial Hospital, Dingwall (15 miles)

Dentists

There is a range of dentists based in Inverness and Dingwall

Leisure

Restaurants and Bars

There are several cafes, bistros, restaurants and public bars and lounges in Fortrose, Avoch and Rosemarkie.

Inverness is the nearest city, where a wide range of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and coffee shops are available.

There are also cafes, bars and local hotels available in Dingwall.

Sports, Leisure and Culture

Black Isle Leisure Centre, Deans Road, Fortrose. The centre has modern facilities including a multi-purpose sports hall and fitness suite. The sports hall accommodates a variety of indoor sports including football, badminton, gymnastics, trampolining, volleyball and more.

The centre’s fitness is one of the up to date facilities in the Highland area. The individual weight stations have been designed to cover every major muscle group for that all-over body tone, as well as eight cardio-vascular units for exercising the heart and lungs. Fortrose Leisure Centre takes part in the discounted High Life Card Scheme and runs a variety of group fitness classes.

Dingwall also has its own leisure centre including swimming pool and gym.

Golfers can play at the highly acclaimed Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club or at Muir of Ord Golf Club, one of the oldest clubs in the north of Scotland. There are also many opportunities for walking and hiking in the area, including the popular Fairy Glen walk.

Sports clubs in the area include Beauly Angling Club, Cromarty Tennis and Sports Club and Cromarty Boat Club.

The nearest main theatre is Eden Court Theatre, Bishop’s Road, Inverness. The nearest cinema is Vue Cinema at Inverness Retail Park.

Attractions

Chanonry Point between Fortrose and Rosemarkie is one of the best spots in the UK to view Bottlenose Dolphins from land. The dolphins are often visible particularly on an incoming tide when they play and fish in the strong currents. Other wildlife, including porpoises and grey seals, can also regularly be spotted. Dolphin watching boat trips also run from Cromarty and Avoch.

In the heart of Fortrose is Cathedral Square, home to the red stone remains of Fortrose Cathedral, built in the 13th century. A free attraction, it is available all year round to view.

As Fortrose and the surrounding area are rich in history, the area also boasts several museums including Hugh Miller’s Cottage, the 17th birthplace of Hugh Miller, stonemason, geologist, author, journalist and editor. Groam House Museum is a Pictish centre in nearby Rosemarkie and Cromarty Courthouse is based at Church Street, Cromarty.

Other attractions in the Black Isle area include the Glen Ord Distillery in Muir of Ord and the Black Isle Brewery in Munlochy, both open for visitors to tour.

There are also child friendly facilities including Robertsons Children’s Farm and Larder in Beauly, and the Highland Museum of Childhood at the Old Station building in Strathpeffer.

Popular attractions are also available within a relatively short drive at Loch Ness, in Inverness and Aviemore.

Shopping

Fortrose has a Co-operative Store, Post Office and shop, newsagents and pharmacy. There is also an antiques shop.

The city of Inverness is the nearest shopping centre, offering a range of outlets from national retailers to smaller independently run stores.

Dingwall offers a number of shops as well as a large Tesco supermarket and LIDL store.

Opening Hours

  • Monday
    By Appointment
  • Tuesday
    Closed
  • Wednesday
    Closed
  • Thursday
    By Appointment
  • Friday
    By Appointment
  • Saturday
    By Appointment
  • Sunday
    By Appointment
*In rare and exceptional circumstances our office hours may vary from the above. Please call ahead before making your journey to ensure a sales representative is available.

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