Town of Cromarty
Records of the town of Cromarty go back as far as the 1200's when it was a royal burgh with castle. It was a booming port in the 17and 18th centuries and was famous for the hemp and flax it produced. Fishing and farming have always been important sources of employment in Cromarty, and upto to 6 fishing boats continue to work out of its harbour.
Hugh Miller is Cromarty's most famous son; the 19th century geologist, stonemason and author, was born and raised in Cromarty, and his monument stands above the town. Both the cottage of his birth and Hugh Miller House are now museums, sitting next door to one another in Church street. Hugh Miller was one of the founding members of the Free Church of Scotland, but was also a geologist who discovered new species from the fossils of nearby Eathie Beach.
The town also has the Cromarty Courthouse Museum, an 18th century jail house and court where life-sized animatronics act out actual cases from the court records.
Nearby at the lovely town of Rosemarkie (10 miles away) is the Groam House Museum, which celebrates Pictish and Celtic art. If you are interested in the Picts, why not try the Pictish Trail which goes over the Black Isle and north as far as Golspie looking at Pictish stone sites.
Walk through the Strupee Path to visit the Gaelic Chapel, now in ruins, which was built to accommodate the Gaelic speaking workers, as Cromarty was mostly an English-speaking town.
If you are interested in archaeology, why not volunteer for the Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology project? Children and adults are made equally welcome. The current finds go back as far as the 1100s.
There are many interesting buildings in Cromarty; look out for architectural features such as the Crow's Step gable ends, the small fishermen cottage windows, the tiny lanes or vennels.
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