"The oldest royal burgh" Tain by uglyscot

Tain Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 93 photos


Tain is in Ross and Cromarty, about 48 miles from Inverness. It is said to be the oldest royal burgh in Scotland, having received its charter in 1066, but the actual charter does not exist any more. However there is one from 1588.
Of interest is Old St Duthus Chapel, St Duthus Church, the old Tolbooth whose massive square tower with a spire houses the ancient curfew bell..
For sports fans it has a good golf course. There are tennis courts and a beach.
And a couple of miles north is Glenmorangie Distillery.

Tain the town is built on the top of a raised beach.To the south the raised beach can be seen clearly in contrast to the flat land below , Kirksheaf and the Plaids area.To the north the land is quite flat. In this latter area is the Coop store, Morangie House Hotel [see restaurant tip], and about 2 miles along the Glen Morangie distillery.

Although quite a few of my photos show snow, this is because after living in Africa for 30 odd years , I was fascinated by it!
The whole area of Easter Ross is actually quite dry. In summer there may be bans on using hoses, because of water shortage.
There can be fierce winds off the North Sea, but there can also be pleasant sunny days.
People don't go around in thermal underwear or wear furs all the year as some folk seem to think!

Across the Dornoch Firth from Tain lies Dornoch, a popular seaside resort, also with a fine golf club, and of course Madonna got married there.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:quiet and historic town
  • Cons:too quiet!
  • Last visit to Tain: May 2010
  • Intro Updated Jun 3, 2010
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    hope you enjoyed your visit home. I really thought the meal at Morangie House Hotel sounded very nice, and was quite reasonably priced.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    So much history in your tips and the photos are marvellous. Never enough kilts, pipe bands and anything Scottish for me. Pity about the Chocolate Shop. Why can't such places last?

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Tain looks like a lovely place to visit. It has so much charm. Nice page!

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    There's about 6 inches of snow at the moment!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2009 at 3:39 AM

    Back for a second visit.Fascinated by your Tain Pages. My Gaelic speaking great grandgrandfather was born in Tain, he married the daughter of the Manager of a local distillery - Glenmorangie or a predecessor, I have no record...

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2008 at 6:18 AM

    Good information on your ex home-town. Haven't been here yet.

  • stevezero's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2006 at 5:41 AM

    Not heard of the town before, but it looks well worth a visit.

  • awladhassan's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2005 at 5:06 AM

    Not a fan of pipe music, but the band certainly makes a colourful show.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2005 at 7:29 AM

    Nice start here - hope to see more!

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