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The Invergordon Archive

Ben Wyvis
The Invergordon Archive
Ben Wyvis

This view and that shown in picture #978 give an idea of the stunning scenery which we have on our doorstep.
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Picture added on 04 March 2007
What a beautiful picture! Excellent photography Alan. Living in Norfolk, it's so good to see a beautiful mountain picture of home. (Norfolk is FLAT but beautiful in its own way.!)
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 09 March 2007
Many thanks Rosalie, living on top of Nigg Hill affords me many spectacular views of the surrounding area. I think that the picture clearly shows that Invergordon benefits from an outstanding location which sadly is currently under-developed. It is not hard to imagine what it might be like if there was a some unanimity as to the best way forward!
Added by Alan Whiteford on 09 March 2007
I agree, this set of pictures featuring the Ben are excellent, Alan. I realise they are taken from Nigg Hill and surmise you must be farming up there now. Is Stewart at Shandwick? I remember I used to come down from Kildary to Shandwick to play with you guys. David was much younger if I remember rightly. This must be nearly 48-50 years ago.
Added by John Fraser on 10 March 2007
Oh Alan, I totally agree about Inverg being under developed. With all the natural outstanding beauty I can't understand why it has been so neglected. By the way all your other pictures are spectacular. It makes me feel so proud to be a Highlander.
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 10 March 2007
Ditto Alan, beautiful pictures. This was always a lovely scene. I remember taking it all in coming through the Sutors on the Harbour Master's Launch as a boy.
Is there anything left of the sandy beach at Nigg? - and is the House still standing?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 10 March 2007
Harry, I take my children out to Nigg beach quite often. It's lovely to walk along and always so quiet. I think there is still an old house there but I am not sure if it is the one you are asking about.
Anonymous comment added on 12 March 2007
I'm not sure how far back Harry is going, but perhaps he means Dunskaith House which was badly damaged in a fire - can't remember the date but a long time ago. I think part of it survived and was used as a shop until it was all finally demolished when the yard was built. There are some pictures and comments about it on the Tain Museum image library.
Added by Estelle Quick on 14 March 2007
I also used to take my children over to Nigg beach on the ferry. It was always lovely apart from the time the dog rolled in a dead (very) seal! We used to collect frogspawn for our pond from the pool at the mouth of the tunnel. At the right time of year the ground there is covered with thousands of tiny black frogs.
Added by Estelle Quick on 14 March 2007
The fire at Dunskaith House would have been in the mid to late '50s. The shop in the surviving part of the House was open to the public, but was part of a camping and caravan holiday park which came to an end with the arrival of Highlands Fabricators. I think it is the old shop part of the original building that still survives and was used for a time as an office for Cromarty Petroleum who constructed the tunnel entrance referred to by Estelle Quick. Why have they not been forced to clear up the eyesore they created?
Dunskaith House was situated just west of the pier at Nigg, but on the OS map there is reference to Dunskeath Castle some 1.5 Km east of the pier. According to Watson in Place Names of Ross and Cromarty, an outline of this castle built in 1179 can still be traced. Dunskaith or Dunskeath from Dun Sgath, fort of dread.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 15 March 2007
Estelle, I would be going back to the early and mid 1950s. The house was behind the beach and just west of the Hotel. I remember it because it had the servants' bells in the kitchen. Nigg was a fun outing back then - they used to run buses from Invergordon, but I rode my bike there and back...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 15 March 2007
Harry, what a lovely beach Nigg was. Many a good picnic was held there. I must be getting old because I can't remember it ever raining on those days out!!!! Ronald, I totally agree with you, the site should have been cleared up. It really is an eyesore now.
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 16 March 2007
Fantastic Photgraphs... With reference to Dunskeath House/Castle, I recently moved house, but my previous house outside Invergordon in the rural's had a large fireplace in the sitting room which I am told was built from stone work from Dunskeath. The fire lintels in particular are already shaped and it's nice to think part of that place is still in use.
Added by Anon on 20 March 2007
What can I possibly add to the comments section Allan regarding this picture? You really have captured the beauty of the area on such a wonderful crisp Winter's day. It's things like this I miss mostly from home (ALNESS) now BAHAMAS and I enjoy showing people over here the natural beauty that is somewhat taken for granted until so far from home. Well done and keep it up.
Added by Brian Stirling on 22 August 2007
Harry, the house was Craig Lodge. Anyone remember Miss Birnie? Who owns it now?
Added by Iain Fletcher on 17 June 2008
To Harry O'Neill, and Iain Fletcher with reference to Craig Lodge the house behind the beach at Nigg. I know and have stayed in the house because Miss Birnie was my great Aunt! How lovely for me to come across these posts many years later when I was also looking up the history of the house and the Lady , aunt Bella was companion to in the 1950s.
Added by Rosemary Murray on 11 January 2018
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