Hill of Fearn

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Hill of Fearn
Hill of Fearn is located in Ross and Cromarty
Hill of Fearn
Hill of Fearn
Location within the Ross and Cromarty area
OS grid referenceNH832778
Council area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTain
Postcode districtIV20 1
EU ParliamentScotland
List of places
57°46′30″N 3°57′53″W / 57.7749°N 3.9647°W / 57.7749; -3.9647Coordinates: 57°46′30″N 3°57′53″W / 57.7749°N 3.9647°W / 57.7749; -3.9647

Hill of Fearn (Scottish Gaelic: Baile an Droma) is a small village near Tain in Easter Ross, in the Scottish council area of Highland.[1]


The village is on the B9165 road, between the A9 trunk road and the smaller hamlet of Fearn to the southeast. The parish church of Fearn Abbey stands a few minutes walk to the south-east of the village. Coincidentally, one of its Abbots, Abbot Finlay McFaed (d.1485) almost shares his unusual surname with the present renovator and owner of Balnagown Castle (Seat of the Clan Ross, 10 minutes drive to the southwest) - Mohamed Al Fayed.

The former RNAS Fearn (HMS Owl) is to the south of the village.


Hill of Fearn has a garage, post office and village shop and butcher's, primary school, bus stop, and a hotel/pub called Fearn Hotel. The Fearn railway station on the Far North Line is a mile from the village.

The "N" on the sign into the village is often removed, giving the village the more sinister title of "Hill of Fear" - despite the best efforts of Highland Council to replace the N, or the entire sign itself, on a number of occasions.

Care should be taken to distinguish between the village of Hill of Fearn and the parish of Fearn; the latter also contains the villages of Hilton and Balintore (2 miles distant from Hill of Fearn) and the hamlet of Fearn (1/4 mile distant from Hill of Fearn). The name Fearn, according to Watson's "Place Names of Ross & Cromarty", derives from the Scottish Gaelic Feàrna (an alder tree).

Famous residents[edit]

Hill of Fearn was the birthplace (28 August 1884) of the New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser (1 April 1940 to 13 December 1949). Tarbat Discovery Centre in Portmahomack (seven miles distant) has an excellent archive relating to Peter Fraser (not on display, but may be consulted on request). Hill of Fearn was also the birthplace (14 May 1948) of churchman John MacLeod (minister) The author Eric Linklater (1899–1974), when he was owner of nearby Pitcalzean House, Nigg in the 1940s and 1950s bought his clothes from the village tailor, Norman Smart.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hill of Fearn". The Gazetteer for Scotland. School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh and The Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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