Cromarty Beach

Cromarty Beach - Highland
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The town of Cromarty on the Black Isle is thought by many to be the best-preserved historic town in the Highlands and makes a good base for touring the Western Highlands.  It has a number of beautifully restored 18th century buildings, an award-winning museum and a choice of shops and places to eat.  There is a working harbor from which boat trips run in the summer months. At the end of George Street stands a whitewashed lighthouse, built in 1846 and decommissioned in 2006.

Cromarty beach itself sits at the mouth of the Firth of Cromarty and is a mixture of sand and shingle.  Limited parking is available along the seafront and a public footpath runs east along the beach towards some cliffs.  These cliffs are where the 19th century geologist, Hugh Miller found a collection of extremely rare fossil fish.  Specimens from his collection can now be seen in the museum.  Today the cliffs have been designated a Special Site of Scientific Interest, and hammering the bedrock is strictly forbidden.

The surrounding area is popular with salmon fishers, sea anglers and walkers.  Look out for a variety of birdlife, including red kite, swallows and even the occasional bottlenose dolphin.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop

Nearest town



IV11 8YB

OS grid ref.

NH 7841 6735


Parking available in town.

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