Fortrose (Scottish Gaelic: A' Chananaich) is a burgh in the Scottish Highlands, located on the Moray Firth, approximately six miles north east of Inverness. The town is known for its ruined 13th century cathedral, and as the home of the Brahan Seer. In the Middle Ages it was the seat of the bishopric of Ross. The Cathedral was largely demolished in the mid-seventeenth century by Oliver Cromwell to provide building materials for a citadel at Inverness. The vaulted south aisle, with bell-tower, and a detached chapter house (used as the tollbooth of Fortrose after the Reformation) remain. These fragments, though modest in scale, display considerable architectural refinement, and are in the care of Historic Scotland (no entrance charge). The burgh is a popular location for spotting bottlenose dolphins (see Chanonry Point) in the Moray Firth.
Fortrose shares a golf course with Rosemarkie. Set on the Chanonry Ness the course stretches out into the Moray Firth and offers good views of Fort George. The course is well known for its signature 4th Hole "Lighthouse". The lighthouse in question is the Chanonry Point lighthouse which was designed by Alan Stevenson and was first lit 15 May 1846.
Public buildings in Fortrose include a leisure centre, library and the only secondary school on the Black Isle, Fortrose Academy.
The correct pronunciation of the town's name in accordance with local accent is with the stress on the first syllable, not 'F'rt-ROSE' to rhyme with 'Montrose'.