Muir of Ord

Coordinates: 57°31′05″N 4°27′35″W / 57.5181°N 4.4597°W / 57.5181; -4.4597
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Muir of Ord
The centre of the village
Muir of Ord is located in Ross and Cromarty
Muir of Ord
Muir of Ord
Location within the Ross and Cromarty area
Population2,840 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNH5250
• Edinburgh118 mi (190 km)
• London450 mi (724 km)
Community council
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMuir of Ord
Postcode districtIV6
Dialling code01463
UK Parliament
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57°31′05″N 4°27′35″W / 57.5181°N 4.4597°W / 57.5181; -4.4597

Muir of Ord (Scottish Gaelic: Am Blàr Dubh) is a village in Easter Ross, in the Highland council area of Scotland. It is situated near the western end of the Black Isle, about 9 miles (14 km) west of the city of Inverness and 5+12 miles (9 km) south of Dingwall.[3] The village has a population of 2,840[1] and sits 35 metres (115 ft) above sea level.[3] The Scottish geologist Sir Roderick Murchison was born in the village in 1792.

In September 2022, the village came to media attention when a local fish and chip shop owner uploaded a Facebook video celebrating the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a bottle of champagne. The owner was then chased away from the village by angry locals who vandalized the chip shop with eggs and tomato ketchup.[4][5]


Named Tarradale until 1862,[6] historically access to the village was limited by the natural obstacles of the River Beauly and the River Conon. This changed in 1814 with the construction of the Conon Bridge. Cattle drivers used the new routes to transport livestock and markets were set up in 1820 close to where the village now lies.[6] In 1835 whisky distilling operations were legally granted in the village and by 1885 the Mill of Ord produced 80,000 imperial gallons (360,000 L) per year. The village grew extensively in the 19th century due to the establishment of the distillery and goods industries.[7]

Castle Hill Henge[edit]

Also known as the Muir of Ord Fort, it is a Neolithic or Bronze-Age henge and national monument of Scotland situated 300 yards (270 m) from Muir of Ord railway station.[8] Today it is situated on the green of the Muir of Ord golf course. The henge measures 85 by 65 feet (26 by 20 m) and is surrounded by an 18 ft (5.5 m) wide ditch which is 4 ft (1.2 m) deep.[9] There also are two standing stones about 34 mile (1.2 km) away from the henge.[8]

Kilchrist Massacre[edit]

On the outskirts of the village lies the chapel of Kilchrist. The building is held to have been the site of a notorious massacre in 1603 when warriors from Clan MacDonell of Glengarry came to reckon with their enemies the MacKenzies of Kintail and found a congregation of them at prayer.[10] The church was sealed with them still inside and set on fire while the MacDonells' piper circled the building playing 'March Glengarry' to mask the sounds of screaming.[11] In the latter part of the 19th century, the building was restored and is now used as the mausoleum of the MacKenzies of Ord.[12]


The Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre

Just outside of the centre of the village is the Glen Ord Distillery, one of the few remaining whisky distilleries on the Black Isle.[13] The Black Isle Show,[14] one of the largest agricultural shows in Scotland, is held every August in a showground near Muir of Ord. The showground is a popular exhibition site thanks to the surrounding flower fields.

Muir of Ord used to have a local football team in the 2000s, Muir of Ord Rovers F.C., that competed in the North Caledonian Football League.[7]

The Muir Hub is the newest community building in Muir of Ord. Originally belonging to Tarradale primary school the building had been left unused for numerous years before being refurbished in January 2017.[15][16] It is now a charity funded venue situated in the heart of the village. The building is multi-functional serving as a cafe, small cinema, conference space and social space. Many local groups meet here and rooms can be rented out for events, clubs, meetings, etc.


The major route of the A9 road passed through the village until 1982, when it was bypassed by the Kessock Bridge.[17]

The village is served by Muir of Ord railway station, which is on the Kyle of Lochalsh Line and the Far North Line between Dingwall and Inverness.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Muir of Ord Community Council Website". Muir of Ord Community Council. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  3. ^ a b OS Explorer map: 432: Black Isle (Map). Ordnance Survey.
  4. ^ Cochrane, Alan (9 September 2022). "The awful reason why the Scottish village of Muir of Ord is now known across the globe". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Ross-shire chippy sparks angry scenes with video posted after death of The Queen". RossShire Journal. 9 September 2022. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Muir of Ord". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Muir of Ord Drovers Football Club". Ambaile, Highland history and culture. 2004.
  8. ^ a b "Our 13th Green - Castle Hill Henge A Scheduled National Monument" (PDF). March 2018.
  9. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Castle Hill, Muir Of Ord (12670)". Canmore. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Kilchrist, Old Church | Canmore". Retrieved 17 November 2023.
  11. ^ "Listen – The Piobaireachd Society". Retrieved 17 November 2023.
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  13. ^ "Glen Ord -". Retrieved 17 November 2023.
  14. ^ Black Isle Show
  15. ^ "Muir Hub". Urban Realm. Retrieved 30 August 2022.
  16. ^ MacKenzie, Hector (14 May 2022). "Scene set for Muir of Ord 'village that shares' awards as two big anniversaries and community action are celebrated". Rossshire Journal. Retrieved 30 August 2022.
  17. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven (6 March 2014). "Life and death on the A9". BBC News (Scotland - Highlands & Islands).
  18. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 18C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.

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