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Rosemarkie is located in Ross and Cromarty
Location within the Ross and Cromarty area
OS grid reference NH736577
Council area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Fortrose
Postcode district IV10 8
Police Scotland
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places
57°35′30″N 4°06′55″W / 57.59162°N 4.11516°W / 57.59162; -4.11516Coordinates: 57°35′30″N 4°06′55″W / 57.59162°N 4.11516°W / 57.59162; -4.11516
Rosemarkie seen from the beach

Rosemarkie (Scots: Rossmartnie,[1] from Scottish Gaelic: Ros Mhaircnidh meaning "promontory[2] of the horse stream") is a village on the south coast of the Black Isle peninsula in Ross-shire (Ross and Cromarty), northern Scotland.


Rosemarkie lies a quarter of a mile east of the town of Fortrose. The pair make up the Royal Burgh Of Fortrose and Rosemarkie, situated either side of the Chanonry Ness promontory, about 12 miles (19 km) north-east of Inverness.

Rosemarkie fronts on a wide, picturesque bay, with views of Fort George and the Moray coastline across the Moray Firth. It has one of the finest beaches on the Moray Firth Coast Line. At the southern end of the beach is Chanonry Point, reputed to be the best location on the United Kingdom mainland from which to see dolphins.

The village is linked to Inverness by broadly hourly bus services, which are provided by Stagecoach Group.

Pictish stones

Rosemarkie is probably best known for its collection of finely carved Pictish stones, which is one of the largest in Scotland at a single site. These 8th-9th-century sculptures, found in and around the town's churchyard, are displayed in the Groam House Museum, a converted 18th-century town-house on the High Street. The house is open in summer and charges a small entrance fee. These carved stones are evidence for a major early monastery at Rosemarkie, founded by, or associated with, Saint Moluag (d. 592) and Boniface, otherwise known as Curetán (fl. early 8th century). The sculptures include cross-slabs, shrine fragments and architectural pieces. One small fragment of a stone from Rosemarkie is in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

See also


  1. ^ The Online Scots Dictionary
  2. ^ Watson WJ Celtic Placenames of Scotland Blackwood 1926

External links

  • Rosemarkie
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