Where is the Black Isle?

The Black Isle lies within the Highlands of Scotland, half way between the Scottish Border and the Shetland Isles

The Black Isle is part of the fertile fringe of Scotland bordering the Moray Firth and joined to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, by the Kessock Bridge.  The Black Isle has an area of around 300 sq km and is made up of farms and woodland and small villages.  Not an island at all, the Black Isle is a peninsula bounded by the Moray and Cromarty Firths.

Visitor Map: peninsula and villages

The Black Isle Tourism Team has produced a two-sided Visitor Map which is available in many cafes, accommodation providers, campsites and visitor attractions. On one side is a detailed map of the Black Isle and on the other street plans of the chief villages.  Visitor-related features are all marked.

Download the Black Isle Peninsula Map

Download the Black Isle Villages Map

Getting Around

Click here for all information about bus travel on the Black Isle.

Further information about getting around on the Black Isle, including all public transport and great cycle routes, is on the Transition Black Isle website.

To find a car-share partner either for a regular journey or for a one-off trip, sign up with Highland Liftshare.

Cromarty - Nigg Ferry: the Renfrew Rose


For the latest information on the ferry, including weather updates, see the Highland Ferries Facebook page here - it's always a good idea to check, especially if you're cycling. The ferry is scheduled to run as follows:

Daily from 1st May to 30th September
Depart Cromarty every 30 mins from 8am to 6pm
Depart Nigg every 30 mins from 8.15am to 6.15pm


Passenger single £4.50 return £6.50
Bicycle single £1.00 (plus passenger fare) return £1.50 (plus passenger fare)
Car (including driver) single £9.50 return £16.00
Motorbike (including rider) single £7.00 return £10.00
Van, minibus, campervan single £16.00 return £25.00
Family car ticket (1 car plus up to 2 adults and 3 children) single £21.00 return £29.00

For more information, please contact Dougie Robertson of Highland Ferries on 07468 417137 or email southuist24@hotmail.co.uk

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