The Black Isle is not actually an island, but a peninsula separating the Moray and Cromarty Firths - a few miles north of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. (Scroll down for map) and an hours drive accross to the West Coast of Scotland
The villages of Cromarty, Rosemarkie, Fortrose and Avoch are between 3 - 7 miles from the cottages. The amenities include grocery shops, butchers, fish van, all day pubs, restaurants, cafes, bank, post office, garage, Pictish museum.
Directions from Inverness:
Take the A9 towards Wick and cross the Moray Firth via the Kessock Bridge.
Turn right across the carriageway at the Munlochy/Black Isle sign.
Pass through the village of Munlochy to the T junction (A832). Turn right (Fortrose/Cromarty) and proceed through the villages of Avoch, Fortrose and Rosemarkie.
Exiting Rosemarkie the road crosses a stream over a bridge and begins to climb. Take the first sign posted right turn to Eathie. After about 1 and half mile or 2km, you will pass Flowerburn on your left and two gatepost signs for Easter Balmungie on your right. (Sat Nav will lead you this way but do not turn off here)
After that the entrance to Hillockhead is on your right and has a wooden sign. You will probably see the cottages from the Eathie road as you approach.
Proceed all the way down the track (past the house on the left) down to the cottages. As you enter the driveway, our house will be on the right. The Steading (comprising Stables and Swallow Cottage, Pines and Dolphin Lodge) will be on your left, the Farmhouse directly in front of you and as you bear left between the Steading and Farmhouse you will find the Long House (Juniper, Rowan and Chanonry).
Please read the information in your cottage for parking details.
Normal arrival time is around 3 p.m. Please advise if you expect to arrive much later than this.