Towns & Villages

    The small but thriving town of Tain, situated on the south shore of Dornoch Firth, is Scotland’s oldest royal burgh.

    Steeped in dramatic history and scenic landscape, the town boasts spectacular architecture, a great array of wildlife and a wide range of sporting and leisure activities for everyone.

    The many interesting and unusual buildings and hidden-away corners, including the Old Town Hall, the Royal Hotel, the parish church and the museum as well as the more modest houses and commercial premises, were all built by the Maitland family of architects in the late 19th century and have a distinctive appearance.

    The town is especially renowned for its wonderful links golf course designed by Tom Morris and the many other courses within easy reach. At the 19th hole players can enjoy a dram of the world-famous Glenmorangie whisky produced at the local distillery which is also well-worth a visit.

    Tain is an ideal base for touring the northern Highlands, particularly the surrounding area of Easter Ross whose ruined churches, castles, forests, beautiful beaches, spectacular cliffs, peaceful lochs and wonderful viewpoints make for rewarding days out.

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