The seaside village of Rosemarkie on the Black Isle provides an intriguing insight into the area’s Pictish past.
The excellent Groam House Museum has an exhibition based on 15 carved Pictish stones that originated in the Rosemarkie area, some dating back to the eighth century. Taking pride of place is the Rosemarkie cross-slab, featuring mysterious Pictish symbols.
Visitors can watch a film on “The Picts in Ross-Shire” before viewing the artefacts along with an extensive collection of photographs of Scotland’s Pictish stones.
There’s an archive of local photos as well as films about the Brahan Seer, the celebrated 17th-century Highland prophet.
The museum is family-friendly, with children able to create rubbings of Pictish symbols and play a reconstructed Pictish harp.
Rosemarkie is noted for its geology as well as its history, many interesting fossils having been discovered along the beach.
The village has a lovely natural environment, from its sand cliffs to the woodland wonderland of the Fairy Glen. The glen is noted for its abundant wildlife – and also, according to legend, for the fairy folk who gave the place its name.
In the picturesque village itself, the narrow High Street has buildings dating back to the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Visiting golfers can enjoy a round on the scenic Fortrose and Rosemarkie links course which was designed by James Braid.