Mackay Gathering, Orrin Side

Mackay Gathering, Orrin Side, Scotland

This morning, we departed Tulloch Castle Hotel and then drove a few miles west to the upscale town of Strathpeffer  which boasts a few luxury hotels and a Spa. No doubt latter was the catalyst for the holiday business dating back to Victorian times. Here we visited the Mackays Hotel to explore any possible family connections.

Mackay’s Hotel, Strathpeffer, Scotland

Strathpeffer, Scotland

Next to a 10.30am appointment at Orrin Side near Marybank where there was a gathering of extended family as per image at top of this post. This meeting lasted about three hours at end of which we visited two local burial grounds with known family connections.

Orrin Side, Near Marybank

Orrin Side, Near Marybank, Scotland

The first burial ground was at Urray West Parish Church (Church of Scotland).

Urray West Parish Church, Highlands

Urray West Parish Church, Highlands, Scotland

Second burial ground was Urray Old Burial Ground where, unfortunately, fallen trees had damaged the family headstones.

Urray Old Burial Ground, Highlands

Urray Old Burial Ground, Highlands, Scotland

Next we drove back to Marybank to photograph the local Primary School which an ancestor attended over 100 years ago.

Marybank Primary School, Highlands

Marybank Primary School, Highlands, Scotland

Our final visit of the day was the pleasant, small town of Beauly  which has a long history dating back to the establishment of a Priory in the 13th century. Here we visited the Priory ruins and the town centre before returning to Dingwall and lodgings at Tulloch Castle Hotel. Here is a video clip  of Dingwall with Ben Wyvis (mountain) in the distance.

Beauly Priory, Highlands

Beauly Priory, Highlands, Scotland

Ben Wyvis, Easter Ross

Ben Wyvis, Easter Ross, Scotland

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