Looking across to distant Moray from the south east shore of the peninsula are Shandwick, Balintore and Hilton, the three villages of the Easter Ross Seaboard, often collectively referred to simply as Seaboard.
The collective reference is apt, because the three villages blend into one another with their focus on Balintore, the middle of the three and home to the main harbour.
Balintore is a popular Ross-shire coastal village steeped in history and with a strong maritime tradition. It has its own harbour where both leisure and business boats are berthed.
Located approximately 5 miles from the arterial A9 trunk road which links Inverness with Thurso, the village has good communication links to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. The area is well supported by good bus and rail links and within the village its self there are a number of small retail outlets. Balintore was given a boost by the opening of a village hall a few years ago which includes a café.The Old Scout Hut has also recently been renovated next to the newly installed play park.
The village boasts an outstanding golden sand beach and is located on the shores of the Moray Firth within the Tarbat Peninsula. The local countryside is awash with wildlife with the nearby Cromarty Firth being renowned for its basking seal population, seen regularly basking on the rocks at low tide. Flocks of migrating geese swarm to the area due to the low-lying flood plain throughout the autumn and winter. The areas Pictish heritage is observed in the many standing stones, The Mermaid of The North’ at Balintore and historical sites located in the region.
Balintore’s impressive Mermaid of the North sculpture is left Copenhagen’s world-famous Little Mermaid statue standing. The 10ft bronze statue or temptress on the shore of the Seaboard village dwarfs her more celebrated Scandinavian counterpart, the small stature of which is said to surprise many a first-time visitor. The Mermaid of the North is part of a series of sculptures which have attracted visitors from across the Highlands and beyond to the Fearn Peninsula. The rock itself is called ‘Clach Dubh’ meaning black rock in Gaelic and it is from this rock that the house takes it’s name. The mermaid is part of the Seaboard Sculpture trail which weaves it’s way through the village.
An abundance of wildlife can be seen from the house including many types of seabird, a resident heron, dolphins who often play in the water close to the house and the occasional Minke whale.
Seaboard Memorial Hall
Newly refurbished Café with tea/Coffee, snacks & lunches. Hall also available with Marquee lining for Weddings. Seaboard Villages Community Events and News are published by the Seaboard Memorial Hall.
Hours: Open tuesday – Friday: 11am – 2.30pm
Seaboard Memorial Hall
Balintore By TAIN IV20 1UA
Tel: 01862 832888
Email: seab…@btinternet.com or seab…@btconnect.com
United Free Church of Scotland
Minister: Rev. Donald MacKenzie
Sunday Services: 12 Noon and 6pm
(crèche available at noon)
Sunday School: 2:30pm
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
All Warmly Welcome.
Church of Scotland
Fearn Abbey and Nigg Parish Church
Minister: Rev. John MacGregor
Morning Worship – 11:30am
Sunday School – 11:30am
Evening Services-Abbey – 6:30pm
(First Sunday of Month)
Seaboard Villages Community Website: http://www.seaboardvillages.com/