Muir of Ord


Muir of Ord
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Muir of Ord

A large village in Easter Ross, Muir of Ord lies on the western edge of the Black Isle, 3 miles (5 km) north of Beauly, and 14 miles (22 km) northwest of Inverness. It developed in the 19th century in association with whisky distilling and road and rail transport, superseding the former hamlet of Tarradale. There is a library, public hall (dating from 1893), post office and police station. Tarradale Primary School has a roll of 219 (2016), while Urray House is a sizeable modern residential care home. The geologist and geographer Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792 - 1871) was born on the Tarradale Estate, and the founder of Loganair Willie Logan (1913 - 66), whose construction company built the Tay Road Bridge, was born in Muir of Ord. Tourism, distilling, construction and metal fabrication are the chief industries. The Black Isle Show, the largest agricultural show in the North of Scotland, is held every August at a showground immediately to the southeast of the village.

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