Just to the south of Balintore, the tiny village of Shandwick is most notable for a beautiful carved Pictish cross-slab which stands nearby called Clach a'Charridh. The stone's carvings depict angels, warriors, hunting men and animals, and it has been encased in glass to protect it. The name of the village is an indication that the Picts were displaced by Vikings, having as its origin the Norse sand-vik or sand bay.
Balintore's harbour was built in the late 19th century; up to that time boats were pulled up onto the beach. The village's Com Inn offers to arrange boat trips to see the famous Moray Firth dolphins. However, if you suffer from seasickness do not despair: a walk over the cliff tops towards Nigg can offer the possibility of spotting the dolphins as well as enjoying wonderful views of the Moray firth. Another notable Pictish carved stone is the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, originally located at the village of the same name near Balintore next to an ancient chapel called Our Lady's Chapel. However, this one has been removed for safekeeping at the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Map of the area.
© 2004 Stanley Howe, via Wikimedia Commons