Visit Tain and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Tain, Highland. This ancient royal burgh standing on the shores of the Dornoch Firth has always been closely associated with St Duthac, who was born here about A.D. 1000. After his death in Ireland his relics were returned to Tam, which became a place of sanctuary and pilgrimage. It was in this shrine that the wife, sisters, and daughter of King Robert Bruce were captured by the traitorous Earl of Ross, who delivered them to the English. The shirt of St Duthac was reputed to possess magical properties, but these seem to have disappeared by the time it was worn by Hugh, Earl of Ross, at the Battle of Halidon Hill in 1333, when he was fatally wounded. King James IV regularly visited Tam on pilgrimage, and for that reason the road leading to the South is still called King's Causeway. The town Collegiate Church was built in 1371, and its tolbooth in the 17th century, but this last was restored in 1730 after suffering gale damage. It houses a curfew bell, which can still be heard. It was cast in 1630 by Michael Burgerhuys, a Flemish master founder.
Tain is the trading centre of a prosperous agricultural district, as well as a holiday resort. From it one can obtain magnificent views of Caithness and Sutherland to the North, while golf and sea and fresh-water angling and bathing may all be enjoyed in its neighbourhood.
A large expanse of sandy links known as Morrich More lie to the North East of the town on the shore of the Dornoch Firth.
Nearby towns: Alness, Dornoch, Ullapool
Nearby villages: Brora, Cromarty, Fearn, Golspie, Invergordon, Newfield, Portmahomack
Have you decided to visit Tain or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Tain bed and breakfast (a Tain B&B or Tain b and b)
- a Tain guesthouse
- a Tain hotel (or motel)
- a Tain self-catering establishment, or
- other Tain accommodation