Tucked away in the mystical Woodside of Drumnamerg at the heart of the bonny Black Isle, Wildwoodz cabins provide the perfect getaway.
The Black Isle (or ‘Eilean Dubh’ in Gaelic) is one of Scotland’s most stunning locations.
Despite its name, the Black Isle is not an island but a peninsula
, surrounded on three sides by the sea
– the Cromarty Firth
to the north, the Beauly Firth
to the south, and the Moray Firth
to the east. Gaelic
does not make the distinction between ‘island’ and ‘peninsula’ that English does. The area is home to a population of Bottlenose dolphins.
On the fourth, western side, its boundary is broadly delineated by rivers. The River Conon
from Conon Bridge
, which is the first village on the Black Isle from the north-west. Its southwestern boundary is variously considered to be marked by either a minor tributary of the River Beauly
) and Muir of Ord
(on the Black Isle in Ross and Cromarty), dividing the two counties and also delineating the start of the Black Isle; or alternatively, the River Beauly itself, thus including Beauly in the Black Isle despite its official placement in Inverness-shire.
There are modern road bridges across the Cromarty
Firths, which carry the A9
trunk road across the heart of the Black Isle. The last remaining ferry is a summer service from Cromarty to Nigg
. The North Coast 500
scenic route crosses the base of the peninsula.
The Black Isle is close to railway stations at Inverness and along the Far North Line
to Dingwall, as well as Inverness Airport
and the cruise ship terminal at Invergordon.
Land use is primarily arable farming and forestry. Since the Kessock Ferry
across the Beauly Firth was replaced by the bridge, the Black Isle has become something of a dormitory area for Inverness.