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Invergordon on a Frosty morning
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon on a Frosty morning

Back drive at Mains Farm. This is the track that runs from the Tomich Road (BA Straight) to the Polish War Memorial.
Invergordon had been covered in fog for a few days and, with the deep frost remaining, had created this effect on the trees - quite beautiful.
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Picture added on 31 December 2008
Many a day I spent mucking about on this drive with my cousins Donnie and Alex Rose. My Auntie Cathie (Rose nee Fraser) lived in Inverbreakie Lodge, just across from the entrance at the time - must be over 40 years ago. I also recall that myself, John Ross, formerly of Westwood, now living at Kindeace and Roy McLennan, who worked in Munro's Garage, although originally from Sheildaig, had a couple of motor bikes (BSA 175cc Bantam and a 500cc AJS), hidden in the bushes near the Polish War Memorial and used to do a bit of "scrambling" with them at nights and week-ends - must have been around 1965. I worked in the stores at Munro's Garage and was living with my Granny and Granda at Inverbreakie Farm at the time.
Added by John Fraser on 01 January 2009
Wonderful group of pictures. Excellent photography.
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 01 January 2009
These are fine pictures John, enjoying them greatly. This one is where the Polish camp was. The huts were on both sides of the track and there were armoured vehicles tucked in here and there. Any idea what the object beside the fence post is?
Does the Davidson family still own the Mains?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 02 January 2009
My goodness! If trees could talk! Most folks of my generation will remember this track as it was part of the wide playground we all enjoyed back in the '50s. Nice to see it looking peaceful and not too changed. Great photography. Happy New Year to all the regulars and happy viewing.
Added by Bill Geddes on 02 January 2009
Great photos John, it's a road you pass now without thinking but used regularly years ago especially on the Highland Games weekend. I used to cycle from Alness and down the other road through Lower Kincraig farm to the Polish Memorial and into town when I lived up north a few years ago.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 03 January 2009
Harry, the object beside the fence post is a water meter. The Davidsons still own the Mains and Kincraig Farm.
Added by John Urquhart on 04 January 2009
Thanks John, I have an inquiring mind, even though Gogglie used to say that I didn't have a mind at all. Nice to know that the Davidsons are still owners. I used to do the haying at the Mains farm using a pitch fork, just about killed me.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 08 January 2009
What a fabulous set of photos......can't say more than that!!
Added by Jillian B on 09 January 2009
I can't remember ever getting tatty howking work at The Mains. This used to puzzle me even when I was a kid as it was the nearest farm to home. Maybe they never grew tatties? I think most of the jobs were at Inverbreakie, Tomich or Ord. Does the Mains still have the lovely old stone buildings?
Added by Bill Geddes on 09 January 2009
Liz, you’re right, Highland Games day was an exciting day for us. The Castle Drive became very busy, generally with traffic exiting the games. I remember many a year leaving my Auntie Cathie’s at Inverbreakie Lodge and the excitement increasing the closer we got to the games field and the louder the pipes got. The sideshows were great but I used to like watching the sports as well, particularly the cycling in which a number of very good local cyclist took part. Norley Swanson (Castle Cottages), Kenny Ross (Newmore), and Graham Ross from Aldie Farm, Tain, spring readily to mind. Indeed Norley and Graham were around the best in Scotland in those days and of course Kenny was no slouch either - what enthusiasm he had for cycling over the years. Davie Matthews was also a very enthusiastic cyclist but although I think he competed for Ross-Shire roads I don't recall him competing at the games. Maybe I'm wrong. If I remember correctly Claude Butler model racing cycles were the order of the day for these guys. When I stayed at my Granny's in Inverbreakie Farm and was down town in the evenings at either Mac's Cafe or at Morts, many the ride dear old Kenny "Heata" gave me on the bar/handlebars of his bike as he made his way home to Newmore. What a great guy he was. Of course Norley was best man at my wedding in March 1967 but I haven't seen him for a few years. Does anybody know where he is at the moment? I'd like to get in touch with him.
Added by John Fraser on 09 January 2009
Yes Bill, the stone buildings are still there with the big arch last time I was up north. I think most of the cottages are renovated and Ackie's son lives in the big farmhouse now. I think Kenny "Heata" still does Ross-shire roads. I remember him working at Colliemore up near Newmore for Maggie Graham and living with his sister in Alness before being left the house in Invergordon by Maggie Graham. I believe Davie Matthews still cycles - remember his cars, the red sports car in the garage beside Trappers on the High Street, the silver three wheel motor bike and my favourite the cut off mini pick up. Does anyone know if Davie still has this?
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 10 January 2009
I lived in Honeymoon cottage/Rosskeen cottage and used to walk along the "bumpy road" with my brothers and sister to meet my dad when he worked in the smelter. My mum used to tell me that tinkers lived at the black ditch when I was little and I always used to run to them, I think to her slight trepidation. Even at that age I was one for the underdog, maybe that is why I became a nurse. I loved living there and am very sad that our old house has been allowed to go to rack and ruin. The Swansons and the Macdonalds were our neighbours.
We used to help set up the field for the games and clear up afterwards sometimes earning a few pennies. The highlight for us was being allowed to sit on the trailer taking the seats up to the field from the kennels, now also gone. I also remember shouting for Kenny to win the cycling. I too went to the tatties at Tomich, it was freezing cold and sometimes made me cry.
I was at school with Graham Askew, I don't know if he would remember me or not. I always felt like an outsider at school and then I moved to Alness and life began, lots of friends and fun. My brother and I are living down south but when we come home we always visit our old house which was full of happy memories.
Added by Laura Hay on 27 June 2009
I remember Honeymoon Cottage. Anyone know why it had that name?
Anonymous comment added on 25 July 2009
Hi Laura, yes I remember you well and of course all those of our vintage along with perhaps not so pleasant 'school days'. I just picked up on the photo of what was your family home and its sad demise. I can remember visiting with Bill Sutherland the vet while on his rounds, most likely to the kennels. It would be great to hear from you if you have time. Kind regards
Added by Graeme Askew on 16 April 2013
Hi Graeme, sorry for taking so long to get in touch. Haven't looked at this site for a long time. My brother told me yesterday what you had written. Yes it was such a shame that our old house was vandalised. Our family have all had dreams of doing it up over the years. We have always wondered why it was never sold - tied up in a trust maybe. I remember the kennels well. We used to play down there. That is where we saw a flying saucer! Nobody would believe what we saw. But, we saw it! I am now living back home in Alness. I think I might be settling down after years of moving around with the Army. I became a Granny last year. How did that happen! Where are you these days and what have you being doing with your life?
Added by Laura Hay on 26 April 2014
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