South Sutor walk

Viewing point and Walk in Easter Ross & Black Isle

This varied and signposted walk from the historic town of Cromarty offers plenty of interest. The path climbs through woodland to the South Sutor viewpoint with fine views over the Cromarty Firth, one of the deepest harbours in Europe. In spring, the wooded hillside is carpeted with spring flowers and resounds with bird song. Near the top, the remains of gun emplacements used in both World Wars can still be seen. The path can be muddy in places and includes a couple of steep sections known locally as the “Hundred Steps”. The walk there and back is approx. 3 miles / 5 km. The viewpoint can also be reached by narrow road, which leads to a small car park from where a pathleads you up to the viewpoint (look out for the small sign). Cromarty is a lovely town to explore and is also known as base for viewing offshore sea life, including the Moray Firth population of bottlenose dolphins

Visiting South Sutor walk

Duration: 20 minutes

Tours and Activities from Easter Ross & Black Isle

Chanonry Point

Viewing point in Easter Ross & Black Isle

The Moray Firth is home to around 200 bottlenose dolphins, the most northerly population in the world. Chanonry Point is famous as the one of best places in Europe for seeing these marine mammals. The best time to look for them is on a rising tide when the dolphins play and feed on the fish coming in on the strong currents. The dolphins here are also the biggest in the world and they can be seen in groups of up to around 25 or more.

Other wildlife, including harbour porpoises, seals and a variety of seabirds, can also regularly be spotted. A stone memorial marks the site where the Brahan Seer, a prophet of Highland legend, is said to have been burnt to death in a tar barrel in the 17th century. On the opposite side of the Firth you can see Fort George, a fine example of 18th century military engineering.

There is limited parking on the Point at the Lighthouse. Consider parking in either Fortrose or Rosemarkie and enjoying a lovely walk (30mins / 45mins respectively)
along the shore.

Visiting Chanonry Point

Duration: 20 minutes

Tours and Activities from Easter Ross & Black Isle

Brothers’ Point

Viewing point and Walk in Isle of Skye

Rubha nam Brathairean (Brother's Point) on the Isle of Skye. In the distance is the waterfall from Loch Mealt and Kilt Rock.
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A short walk out to Rubha nam Brathairean (Brothers’ Point) – a dramatic headland marking the easternmost point of Trotternish. Brothers’ Point, also known as Rubha nam Brathairean in Gaelic, is a dramatic headland in the Isle of Skye which juts out into the Atlantic ocean.

It is believed that Brother’s Point was so-named because a group of monks once called this area home. There is debate as to why the monks first came here, with some believing they retreated to the headland for a life of solitude and others theorising that they were victims of a shipwreck. Archaeological evidence on the Trotternish peninsula suggests Medieval Monks, Iron Age warriors and hunter-gatherers all once walked through the landscape of Skye.

Brothers’ Point is home to a natural rock tower named Dun Hasan. It is believed that this is the remains of a man-made fort.

Although the walk from the car park to the point is 3.5km it takes 1 – 2 hours to achieve.

Visiting Brothers’ Point

Duration: 20 minutes

Tours and Activities from Isle of Skye