Cromarty Frith (The), p.269.

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   CROMARTY FRITH (THE), called by Buchanan the Portus salutis, is one of the finest bays in Great Britain. It is divided from the Moray frith by the county of Cromarty, and washes the southern shore of the county of Ross. It is about 17 miles in length; and from 3 to 5 in breadth. Its average depth is from 9 to 12 fathoms. The entrance is between two twin promontories or headlands called the Sutors of Cromarty, two bluff wooded hills, which are about 1½ mile distant from each other; above which the frith expands into a beautiful bay of about 6 miles in length and in breadth. There is fine anchoring-ground, after passing the Sutors, for several miles up the bay, with deep water on both sides almost close to the shore, forming, in the language of old Stowe, “an exceeding quiet and safe haven.” A ferry-boat is established across the bay from the Ross to the Cromarty side.