Town & environs

Blessed with many fine sandstone buildings and offering some fine architectural delights, the small but thriving town of Tain is situated on the south shore of Dornoch Firth. Tain is Scotland’s oldest royal burgh, having been granted its first royal charter in 1066.

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The town is especially renowned for its wonderful links golf course designed by Tom Morris. It is also the home of Glenmorangie malt whisky, one of the best and most famous of Scotland’s malts. Glenmorangie Distillery has been producing its Single Highland malt Scotch whisky since 1843 and crafting the delicate spirit continues to be entrusted to the legendary Men of Tain. The Glenmorangie Distillery tour gives visitors unparalleled access to the distillery and warehouses. With the help of an expert guide you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing - all culminating in a dram or two of your choice. Other local enterprises include Tain Pottery and Glass Storm, one of the UK’s most exciting and cutting-edge hot glass studios.


For those interested in history, Tain is a delight. The Old Town Hall, the Royal Hotel, the parish church and museum, together with many of the town's more modest houses and commercial premises, were all built by the Maitland family of architects in the late 19th century and have a distinctive appearance. The Museum’s visitor complex comprises three buildings set within the beautiful and peaceful grounds of St Duthac Collegiate Church.


Tain offers excellent leisure facilities for both adults and children: swimming, golf, bowling and tennis, as well as many lovely local beaches. In additional to the course in Tain, there are several golf courses within easy commuting distance, including the championship course at Dornoch. A whole hots of other outdoor activities are also on offer locally, including fishing, birdwatching, cycling and walking.


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