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    former Maitland Architects office
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    Ardjachie stone
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    St Duthus Chapel
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Tain Things to Do

  • Tain Through Time

    During the summer there is a historical journey through Tain available. 1 April to 31 October , Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm, in July and August to 6pm.It is centred round 3 buildings - The Collegiate Church, The Museum and a visitor centre in the Old Schoolhouse.The Collegiate Church is one of the finest medieval buildings in the north. Entry is...

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  • Look out for Maitland buildings

    Maitland BuildingsTain is known for the buildings built by the Maitland family of Architects. They originally came from Elgin. The father [ 1802-1894] and his sons Andrew and James set up their offices in what is now the Procurator Fiscal’s Office. It is built in the English Arts and Crafts Style.Some other examples to be still seen in Tain are:The...

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  • Visit Tain Museum

    Tain Museum is in a small Maitland Building on Castle Brae.It has a lot of exhibits related to the area, including false teeth for a dog made by an early Tain Dentist.There are some fragments from some of the Pictish stones from the area- Edderton and Nigg. I wanted to see the Ardjachie stone which was found at Meikle Ferry in 1960 by farmers from...

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  • The Murray Memorial

    With its back to the Rose Garden stands a memorial to one of the town's major benefactors, Kenneth Murray, about 1825- 1876. The bust sits in a splendid structure reminiscent of the Scott memorial in Edinburgh, but on a smaller scale.

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  • The Rose Garden

    In 1996 Her Majesty the Queen Mother opened the rose garden which was planted with 900 roses to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Tain receiving the status of a Royal Burgh . I used to look forward to seeing the gardens in bloom and it was a quiet peaceful place to sit.Now however it has changed. In the centre of the garden is a Celtic design, and...

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  • The Tolbooth and market cross

    The Tolbooth stands at the junction of the High Street and Tower Street.The tolbooth was repaired in 1631 and it was then that the curfew bell which had been specially cast for it was brought was brought from Holland . In 1703 the old Tolbooth was damaged by a storm and demolished.It was rebuilt between 1706 and 1733 by a local mason called...

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Tain Restaurants

  • takeaway Chinese

    There is no seating available, but orders for set dinners and special meals can be taken for 2, 3 or 4 persons. Prices are £23, £31 or £39.Set dinner for 2 persons:Spring Rolls, Chicken with mushrooms, Fried beef with green peppers in black bean sauce, sweet and soup pork, egg fried rice. Chicken or meat dishes are usually between £5 and £7 per...

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  • A nice coffee shop

    Brambles is a nice coffee shop on King Street It serves espresso coffee and other beverages. It specialises in home baking from scones to cakes. Snacks are available with baguettes and jacket potatoes available all day.It is very popular with the women and older generation who can relax and enjoy conversation in a peaceful environment. I go there...

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  • Luxury

    It is a grand Victorian house in its own grounds. The dining room overlooks the Dornoch Firth. The service is good and friendly.The decor is old Scottish.The food is also home grown or produced locally - shrimps, salmon, venison, mussels.Up date 2010We went for the Sunday Carvery where a three-course meal costs £10. We had delicious leek and potato...

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Tain Shopping

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  • Not a busy area for shops, but...

    Don't expect to find the usual chains of shops in Tain. Many of the shops I knew in my youth are long gone. The large building below used to be the Cooperative, but now there is a new much larger complex on the northern edge of town, and some of the smaller shops have been taken over by the Coop as outlets stocking the more basic commodities,...

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  • Tain High Street

    the Book Shop in Tain is a good place to find books on Scotland, as well as modern novels, stationary,postcards, greetings cards and craft materials.Other shops in the High Street are Strachans Bakery, Grants bakery, Ross the Chemist, Watsons Chemist, The Dress Shop [possibly the best in the north], "Winkie" McLeod's hardware shop [gardening, diy,...

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Tain Local Customs

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    Pipe band

    by uglyscot Written Sep 4, 2005

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    Whenever there is a celebration the Pipe Band marches through the town, down the High Street.
    In August the British Pipe Band Championship was held at Tain, and a most colourful event it was, with bands from all over the country marching, kilts swinging, to the skirl of the pipes.

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Tain Warnings and Dangers

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    warning : low planes on Dornoch Firth Bridge

    by uglyscot Updated Aug 14, 2007

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    There has been a long dispute between the people in the area and the Ministry of Defence over the noise caused by low flying fighter planes doing bombing practice on Tain Aerodrome. In the 1950s planes from Lossiemouth would come screeching down the Firth , and once in the 1970s a jet fighter actually came down in the Firth. The pilot was picked up by my brother and his crew.Nowadays the people living near Portmahomack can hardly hear themselves think when practice sessions are going on.
    Complaints rarely have any effect and those who do complain are considered unpatriotic.
    The noise is terrible though there is no danger from bombs.

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Tain Off The Beaten Path

  • The Forest Walk at Aldie Burn

    There are three main walks through the forest, some long, others shorter. In spring the trees are flushing or in bloom and the whole walk is peaceful and enjoyable. In winter it can be beautiful if under snow.It is particularly popular with dog owners.Some areas have been cut and in others planting has taken place. There are rivulets and ponds and...

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  • Tain river

    When you go down the steep Castle Brae heading to the Railway Station, and continue across the playing fields, there is the Suspension Bridge crossing the Tain river. I was always a bit wary crossing the bridge because it sways especially if there is wind, but the water is not deep as far as I can recall. When there, turn and look back at Tain...

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  • cross the Dornoch Firth

    Before the Dornoch Firth Bridge was built, the journey from Tain to Dornoch meant taking the meandering road along the firth as far as Ardgay, and then crossing the bridge at Bonar Bridge, before heading along the other side of the Firth.In the 19th and early 20th century there was a passenger ferry from Meikle Ferry on the Ross-shire side to...

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Tain Sports & Outdoors

  • Tain Golf Club

    Tain has a good 18 hole golf course. It was designed by Old Tom Morris. Both the 3rd and 17th are amongst the best 18 links holes.There is a lot of rough grass, trees, and a river to be overcome. Not to mention wind and rain.The club house is very friendly and welcoming even to non-players.Several championships are held throughout the year , and...

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  • Tain Golf Club

    A very fine 18 hole golf course with tricky water holes, rough and trees. It can be very windy as it lies down by the sea. The Golf Club House is very popular for drinkers . Championships are held annually and attract golfers from near and far. golf clubs and balls and suitable footwear

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    Snow in the High Street 1 more image

    by uglyscot Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Having lived in the Tain area, I know that it doesn't get a lot of snow in the winter, but when there is snow it can be quite deep in outlying areas. In town the snow ploughs are out early gritting the roads- even on Christmas day. Looking out across the Dornoch Firth, the mountains of Sutherland will be white with snow.

    Fondest memory: In 2004 when my father died, I was staying alone in Tain to sort out my house where he had been living, and was delighted to wake up to a white Christmas. I got up very early, about 7.30am ,and went out . The streets were deserted. The only sign sof life were the tracks of birds in the snow outside on our street. I walked down to the High Street. The streets had been gritted but as yet the pavements showed no footprints, The sky was still dark blue as the sun had not risen, which made the Christmas lights stand out,
    I felt one of those joyous moments that come as if from out of nowhere, Just me and the beauty of nature.

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