North Kessock

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Coordinates: 57°30′01″N 4°14′59″W / 57.50015°N 4.24973°W / 57.50015; -4.24973

North Kessock
Scottish Gaelic: Ceasag a Tuath
North Kessock is located in Highland
North Kessock
North Kessock
 North Kessock shown within the Highland council area
OS grid reference NH652477
Council area Highland
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Inverness
Postcode district IV1 3
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North Kessock (Gaelic: Ceasag a Tuath or Aiseag Cheasaig[1]) is a village on the Black Isle north of Inverness.

Description[edit]

North Kessock is the first village encountered over the Kessock Bridge. Now by-passed by the main road to the north (the A9), the village remains quiet.[2] Its counterpart across the Beauly Firth, South Kessock, is a district of Inverness.

History[edit]

North Kessock probably existed as early as 1437, when the Dominican monastery in Inverness was granted a charter to operate a ferry to the Black Isle.[2][3] This was on the pilgrim route north to St Duthac Church in Tain.

The Kessock Ferry connected North and South Kessock until 1982, when the Kessock Bridge was completed and opened.

Wildlife[edit]

North Kessock is a famous spot for watching bottlenose dolphins, which are resident in the Moray Firth - indeed they are the most northerly group of bottlenose dolphins in the world.[citation needed] The Dolphin and Seal Centre, just north of the village (off the A9 road), is run by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. It is located in the Tourist Information car park, north of the Kessock bridge off the A9. The charity also runs the Wildlife Centre at Spey Bay.

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Maclean, Roddy (2004). The Gaelic Place Names and Heritage of Inverness. Inverness: Culcabock Publishing. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-9548925-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b "North Kessock". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "North Kessock and District History". North Kessock and District Local History Society. Retrieved 18 September 2009.