|Scottish Gaelic: Alanais|
Dalmore Distillery reception house in Alness
Alness shown within the Ross and Cromarty area
|OS grid reference|
|Lieutenancy area||Ross and Cromarty|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross|
|Scottish Parliament||Caithness, Sutherland and Ross|
Alness (//, awl-NIS; Scottish Gaelic: Alanais) is a town and civil parish in Ross and Cromarty, Highland, Scotland. It lies near the Cromarty Firth, with the town of Invergordon, 3 miles to the east and the village of Evanton, 4 miles to the south west. The parish has a population of 3,338, although the census locality, which includes part of the parish of Rosskeen, has a population of 5,186.
Divided by the River Averon, the town is in two parishes, Alness in the west and Rosskeen in the east. Historically these were in different presbyteries. Today there are three churches; Free Church, Church of Scotland and Baptist.
The town is served by a high school, Alness Academy, one of the main schools in Ross and Cromarty, with around 600 pupils on the school roll. There are three primary schools, Obsdale Primary, Bridgend Primary and Coulhill Primary, situated in the east, centre and west of the town respectively.
In September 1715 the Skirmish of Alness took place between Jacobite clans such as the MacKenzies, MacDonalds under the Earl of Seaforth, and pro-government Munros, Rosses, MacKays under the Earl of Sutherland. The Jacobites drove their opponents over Struie to Bonar. For the middle part of the twentieth century there was a seaplane base, RAF Alness.
- "Usual Resident Population: Civil Parishes: Alness". Scotland's Census Results Online. General Register Office for Scotland. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- "Usual Resident Population: Locality: Alness". Scotland's Census Results Online. General Register Office for Scotland. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- Site Record for Alness. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.