Eating out round Inverness – Sutor Creek Cafe in Cromarty

If you’re planning to visit Inverness and are looking for a great restaurant, I can highly recommend Sutor Creek Cafe in Cromarty.

This super little restaurant is only a half hour drive from Inverness, and is situated near the sea front in the picturesque and historic little town of Cromarty (right next to Ecoventures Dolphin Tours).

Chef Colin and front-of-house manager Sarah have created a quirky little place selling top notch food in a relaxed environment. The restaurant has a great seaside feel to it, and is reminiscent of the beach-side restaurants more commonly found in California and the Antipodes. Striking original artwork (some of which is for sale) by locally based artist Rosie Newman lines the walls.

The restaurant has a wood fired pizza oven, used to cook the delicious in-house pizzas. The oven is put into service to slow roast meat for Sunday lunch – and you will not find roast meat more tender or tasty anywhere. No wonder the restaurant was named in The Independent newspaper as one of the 50 best places in the UK for Sunday lunch! The daily changing menus also feature fresh salads, plenty of fish dishes (utilising the freshest, locally caught catch of the day), and a tantalising selection of dishes from around the world. The ingredients are fresh, seasonal, and organic. The wine list and the beer are also organic (though only the beer is local – from the Black Isle Brewery – as there aren’t too many vineyards in the north of Scotland!

Check the website for opening hours (more restricted – Friday to Sunday – during the winter months).

Your Inverness B&B host will be happy to offer more information and directions for finding Cromarty. For a selection of the best bed and breakfast accommodation in Inverness, click on the Inverness Guest House Association website. The members of our Inverness bed and breakfast association have all been quality assessed and graded by the Automobile Association or by Visit Scotland, and all offer excellent Highland accommodation.

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Bottlenose Dolpins – Ecoventures Moray Firth Inverness

Bottlenose Dolphins can be seen in the waters of the Inner Moray Firth near Inverness. This is the home to the most northerly colony of Bottlenose Dolphins and Ecoventures offer the best chance to view the resident colony in their new custom built Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with the opportunity to listen to the dolphins underwater using the on board hydrophone.

There are also frequent sightings of harbour porpoise, common and grey seals and minke whales. The spectacular coastline allows for close up views of the bird colony which is home to common and black guillemots, razorbills, shags, cormarants, kittiwakes and fulmars.

Ecoventures are a Scottish Tourist Board 4-Star Wildlife Experience and are located Harbour Workshop, Victoria Place, Cromarty, IV11 8YE. Their telephone number is 00 44 (0)1381 600 323. If you are staying at a Bed And Breakfast In Inverness your hosts will happily make bookings for you.

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Dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point – Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins

There have been numerous and frequent sightings recently of dolphins in the Moray Firth- primarily just off Chanonry Point, on the Black Isle (20 minutes drive from Inverness). Chanonry Point is believed to be the best location in the UK for regular sightings of bottlenose dolphins, which can often be seen just a few metres from the shore. There’s some debate as to when the best time to spot the dolphins is, but the majority consensus is on an incoming tide, particularly the hour or so before high tide. As the incoming tide is forced between the heads it brings with it a rich supply of food, attracting the dolphins to the waters at Chanonry Point. Directly across the water from Chanonry Point is Fort George – visitors to those magnificent fortifications often have the added bonus of being entertained by the dolphins. Check the tide table for high tides at Cromarty.

Ecoventures offer high quality dolphin spotting trips in the Moray Firth area, including Chanonry Point. Operating out of Cromarty, the trips are made in a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), and are approximately 2 hours long. They also offer up to date reports on recent dolphin sightings on their website.

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