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Living in Cromarty: The local area guide

Perched on the tip of the peninsula surrounded by the Black Isles is the seaport town of Cromarty; overlooking the mouth of Cromarty Firth to the north. The town offers a complex, yet ultimately complementary, blend of historic and contemporary attractions, sure to appeal to visitors of all ages. Best known historically for its economic affluence in the 1700s, it has since calmed and now offers a slightly more tranquil glimpse into its history. Indeed, given the attractive location, along with its historical significance, the town relies more heavily on its tourist appeal for economic stability than on its commercial trades. For this reason, the calmer lifestyle has begun to attract more who are seeking a retreat from busier city life.

Demographics

Whilst Cromarty is packed full of history, it has also managed to adapt and transform itself into quite the exciting and appealing seaport town, making it an appealing destination for all ages. From natural attractions such as the beaches lining the borders of the town, to Ecoventure boat trips into the surrounding waters for wildlife spotting, it’s no surprise that in recent years particularly, the number of younger residents has grown to compose the majority of the town’s population. The wildlife based attractions, in particular, are largely appealing to young families looking to raise their child away from city life. At a headcount of 701 in the 2001 census, the small but bustling town’s numbers have remained fairly constant, meaning the current residents are certainly happy to hang around.

Education

The town’s day care centre accepts new additions to the nursery all year round. Offering early learning support and childminding services for preschool children, the service is particularly useful for parents with demanding work schedules.

The next age group up may attend the local Cromarty Primary School which is located a short walk from all main amenities, in the heart of the town. Offering places to children aged 4 to 12, there are currently only 63 students registered at the institute. Given the high teacher to pupil ratio, it means each child receives adequate support and attention. What’s more, the close proximity to the harbour makes for an exciting and unique upbringing; with the ability to create fond childhood memories of a youth spent by the sea. Indeed, the school themselves report sightings of dolphins in the bay from the classrooms on clear days; certainly not an opportunity you can find everywhere.

The only secondary school in the Black Isles isn’t in the town itself but is located in the neighbouring town. Fortrose Academy is currently offering education to over 700 students. Fortunately, there are regular buses straight to the academy, or for those with their own transport, it’s a short 15-minute drive from the centre of Cromarty.

Transport

A busy town, particularly in the summer; Cromarty benefits from 22 regular bus services to surrounding towns. Though it does not have a railway station, the nearest can be found in Alness which is a single bus journey or short car journey away. From here, mainland services can be caught to larger cities such as Inverness.

Amenities and shopping

Whilst the tourist hotspot of Cromarty is set with events in the warmer months, there are plenty of activities on offer for those who live there all year round. This includes boat rides, beaches and exciting nature trails on which the small Highland town can be thoroughly explored.

Why not pop into one of the local pubs for a drink and a bite to eat? The Cromarty Arms, in particular, is revered for its friendly atmosphere and exquisite menu. One of many pubs located near the waterfront, it’s ideal to sit for a meal whilst looking out at the bay, and taking in the view.

Other shops include a supermarket to the south of town, a butchers, a bakery, and a post office. There’s also the recently publicised Cheese House, in which dairy lovers can satisfy their cravings by sampling cheeses from both local farms, and more exotic offerings from around the globe.

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