LANDSCAPE OF THE MORAY FIRTH
The coastline of the Moray Firth forms two sides of a triangle. The third side links Kinnairds Head to Duncansby Head. The total coastline length measured along the high water mark is 650km while the sea distance between Duncansby and Kinnairds Head is 120km. Forty-three per cent of the total coastline may be defined as cliff like, 9% as low sandy coast, 11% as low rocky shore platform and the remaining 37% as intertidal flats. The highly indented inner Moray Firth coastline from Loch Fleet to Inverness accounts for almost half of the total length. The deeply penetrating firths of Dornoch, Cromarty and Beauly are fringed by extensive intertidal flats whose scale is unique in Highland Scotland. The remarkably straight eastern coastline of the Black Isle and Tarbat Ness peninsulas reflects the alignment of the Great Glen faultline.