14 September 2017Panel marks site of archaeological dig
A new interpretive panel on its handsome plinth marks the site of the 2013-2016 archaeological excavation of medieval Cromarty. Over four summers, local archaeologists Mary Peteranna and Steven Birch supervised volunteers, school children and professional historians as they uncovered, layer by layer, remnants of life in Cromarty dating back to the 13th century.
The informative board is situated on the Reeds path by the 16th-century, stone-built, clay-lined well (with pony bones in the bottom) discovered in the final days of the dig.
03 September 2017Clear skies and calm waters
Participants in the third annual Black Isle Sea Kayaking Symposium were welcomed with sunny weather and calm seas over the weekend. The range of activities was geared to beginners with 'Come and Try' sessions to more experienced kayakers with instruction in such specialties as rockhopping, incident managing, Inuit skills and sea kayak sailing.
26 August 2017Ladies' bowling competition held in Cromarty
One of the final events of the summer bowling season was held yesterday when the Cromarty Bowling Club hosted the annual ladies' single championship.
There were 16 entrants from various Ross-shire bowling clubs. The competition was won by Fiona Graham from Dingwall, retaining the title she won in 2016. The runner-up was Mairie Gallie from Milton.
Left to right: Alex Wilson Cromarty Club President); Heather Stewart (umpire); Fiona Graham (winner); Mairie Gallie (runner-up); Helen Fraser (Cromarty Club member and semi-finalist); Ann Alcorn (semi-finalist).
Photo: David Cowan
09 August 2017Another fine performance from Cromarty Youth Opera
Sheila the elephant takes a starring role in this evening's performance of 'Elephant Angel' by Cromarty Youth Opera. Commissioned by Scottish Opera and composed by Gareth Williams, the opera is based on the true story of the first female keeper at the Belfast Zoo. During the Blitz she would walk Sheila from the zoo to her own garden where she was kept overnight - an act which saved her life when other animals were killed for fear they would escape if the zoo was bombed.
The opera is performed again on Thursday and Friday evenings at 7.00pm in the West Church. Admission free, donations at door.
30 July 2017Gala Week concludes with a Finale in the Victoria Park
Despite the heavy shower that rained on the parade from the Links to the Victoria Park, a large crowd came to celebrate the final day of Cromarty Gala Week.
While the RNLI served lunches-to-go indoors, a succession of musical performances and events keep people entertained outdoors: highland dancing, wacky races, welly throwing and tug-of-war. There were also craft stalls, a barbecue, bar and pancake stall to raise money for good causes.
The Gala committee and wider Cromarty community are to be commended for providing a week of varied, famiy-friendly and well-organised activities.
25 July 2017The fun continues during Gala Week
Gala Week activities got off with a "woof" this morning at the 'Fun Dog Show' at the Links. Family members from tots to grannies watched the dogs display their fancy dress, waggy tails and best tricks to win one of the coveted rosettes. Conanvet provided advice to the organisers and Iona Nicol of Munlochy Animal Aid (at left of photo) acted as judge for the event. A Bonnie Baby and Toddler competition and Talent Show rounded out the day's programme.
Wednesday brings craft activities for children, singing about the sea, have-a-go bowling and singalong to Sound of Music in the Victoria Hall from 7.00pm. Check your brochure for details.
22 July 2017Regatta launches week of events
Cromarty Community Rowing Club's first Regatta marked the start of eight days of fun-filled activity in the town. Today's event included skiff races, games and refreshments. Tomorrow's Links-based Gala opening day includes the crowning of royalty, a raft race, Nigg to Cromarty swim and Alistair's RNLI sale with teas and coffee.
Check the Gala brochure for a full listing of events and form for the 'Odd Man Out' competition.
06 July 2017Two Queens pass in the Moray Firth
As the UK's largest-ever warship (seen faintly through the haze) anchors outside the Sutors in the Moray Firth, Cunard's liner the Queen Elizabeth sailed out of the Cromarty Firth this evening en route to Kirkwall.
HMS Queen Elizabeth, under construction at Rosyth since 2014, has commenced six weeks of sea trials off the coast of Scotland. More than 700 sailors and 200 industry contractors have sailed with the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier on her maiden voyage.
The Queen Elizabeth with its 2000 passengers is on a 13-day British Isles cruise from Rotterdam to Edinburgh, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Greenock, Dublin and the Channel Islands.
See the two QEs sail past each other in the Moray Firth.
26 June 2017The Prince has landed
Just before lunch today HRH Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, arrived on the Links by "an exciting mode of transport" and was escorted to the Victoria Hall for refreshment and entertainment. His two-hour visit to the town included the unveiling of a plaque to mark the grand opening of the Cromarty Primary School extension, refurbished classrooms and hall. Parents and guests joined the children in singing as he left. Family friends and members of the wider community were then welcomed to look around the school.
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