Would you reveal a truth to someone no matter how painful or inconvenient that truth may be? At what cost would it be to reveal this troublesome truth? These very quandaries were what Kenneth Mackenzie, otherwise known as Coinneach Odhar or the Brahan Seer, had to face. As a Brahan Seer Coinneach was tasked with foretelling and providing psychic assistance for the local town’s folk and in around 1675 Isabella, 3rd Countess of Seaforth, sought the seer out for his services. Seeking information as to why her husband had not arrived home on time, the countess pressed Coinneach until he ultimately professed that her husband was too busy canoodling in Paris with another woman whom he states was far more physically attractive than the countess herself. The countess did not like what she was hearing and was completely displeased with the seer’s prophesying. Because of this Coinneach Odhar was ordered to be burned to death in a barrel of tar at Chanonry Point. A stone memorial was erected in remembrance of his horrific death. The tale of Coinneach Odhar is only one of the numerous features and qualities that make Chanonry Point so fascinating to the droves of people that continue to flock there proliferating Chanonry Point’s popularity. Located at the end of Chanonry Ness, ness of course being the Scottish terminology for headland point or promontory, Chanonry Point boasts an astounding view of the coast that shows off the stunning and vast expanse of the Moray Firth. The gritty, grey, and foreboding walls of Fort George can be seen from the point as well, with its 18th century partitions still functional to this day. If a structure erected specifically for warfare is far too grim and bleak for your liking then perhaps the fact that Chanonry Point is known as the best place in Sctoland to view dolphins swimming gleefully and gracefully along the sea is exactly what you need to know. Around 200 dolphins call the Moray Firth home, and you and your family and friends can watch these cheerful sea creatures fish and play along the blustery waves of the Moray. The best part is that the viewing area to watch the dolphins is easily accessible even for those on a wheelchair. It just goes to show that everyone deserves to feel the childlike joy of dolphin watching.
Chanonry Point is jam packed with remarkable locations and landmarks that add an indelible and evocative character and sense of personality to Chanonry. These places emphasize the aspects and facets of the point that make it so uniquely special. You can find two caravan/camping sites perfect for vacationing, or a couple’s getaway, or even for long overdue family get-togethers. Close by the camp sites is the extravagant Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club which was founded way back in 1888. There’s a ferry pier in Chanonry Point with a rich history that dates all the way back to the 1700’s. Last but not least there’s an absolutely ominous and breathtakingly gorgeous lighthouse designed by famed Scottish civil engineer Alan Stevenson. The lighthouse was first lit 1846 and to this day it is a shining beacon signifying the opulent legacy of Chanonry Point.