Coastal Holiday Cottages To Book on the Idyllic Moray Firth in Scotland

Moray Firth holiday cottages offer visitors the chance to spot whales and dolphins in one of Scotland's most dramatic settings. The Moray Firth is an inlet stretching north and east from Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands. With more than 500 miles of coastline, it is Scotland's largest firth. Towering cliffs dominate much of the coast, occasionally giving way to secluded sandy beaches and rocky coves. The firth's resident population of 130-odd bottlenose dolphins are often seen leaping out of the water close to shore, while further out to sea, killer whales, minke whales, harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins are frequent visitors. A Moray Firth holiday cottage is an ideal base for discovering the region's wealth of wildlife, including ospreys, eagles, otters and red kites. The pine and broadleaf forests which flank the inlet are a paradise for walking and are home to badgers and pine marten.

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The Moray Firth is scattered with pristine beaches with fine, golden sand, where you can stroll along miles of shoreline or take an invigorating swim if you are feeling brave. One of the best is Nairn Beach, a popular resort since the Victorian era, with breathtaking views towards the Black Isles, some of Scotland's sunniest weather and a resident pod of dolphins. Nearby, the charming town of Rosemarkie is home to a sweeping bay with uninterrupted views of Fort George and the Moray Firth coastline.

In the welcoming fishing communities along the Moray Firth, you will discover historic hotel bars, where you can enjoy a dram of locally distilled whisky in front of a roaring fire, and acclaimed restaurants serving delicious seafood straight from the North Sea. Self-catering holidays on the Moray Firth would be incomplete without a wander around the bustling city of Inverness, with historical architecture, markets and a variety of independent shops and restaurants.