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TITLE
Staff of the Glen Ord distillery at Muir of Ord, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080581
PLACENAME
Muir of Ord
DISTRICT
Muir of Ord
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Urray
DATE OF IMAGE
1 August 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Chris Hogg
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20066
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
distilleries
whisky
Staff of the Glen Ord distillery at Muir of Ord, 1997

Barbara Ogilvy, visitor centre manager, photographed in August 1997 with part of the team in the still room of the Glen Ord distillery at Muir of Ord.

The Mill of Ord, a little west of Tarradale, had become well known for the illicit whisky it distilled. In 1838 it legalised its operations and transformed to the Glen Ord distillery when the local landowner, Thomas MacKenzie of Ord, leased land for the distillery to be built. His aim was to give all-year-round employment to locals and provide a ready market for his barley. It grew rapidly to become a significant distillery producing 363,680 litres (80,000 gallons) per year by 1885. Since then, the distillery has changed hands various times. It was closed during both World Wars in order to conserve barley for foodstuffs.

Glen Ord Distillery is the only remaining single malt Scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies 29 km (18 miles) west by northwest of Inverness on the west end of the Beauly Firth. The distillery can be seen from the train when travelling along the line.

Background
Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.

'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.

We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:

Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.

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Staff of the Glen Ord distillery at Muir of Ord, 1997

ROSS: Urray

1990s

railway; railways; distilleries; whisky

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

Barbara Ogilvy, visitor centre manager, photographed in August 1997 with part of the team in the still room of the Glen Ord distillery at Muir of Ord.<br /> <br /> The Mill of Ord, a little west of Tarradale, had become well known for the illicit whisky it distilled. In 1838 it legalised its operations and transformed to the Glen Ord distillery when the local landowner, Thomas MacKenzie of Ord, leased land for the distillery to be built. His aim was to give all-year-round employment to locals and provide a ready market for his barley. It grew rapidly to become a significant distillery producing 363,680 litres (80,000 gallons) per year by 1885. Since then, the distillery has changed hands various times. It was closed during both World Wars in order to conserve barley for foodstuffs. <br /> <br /> Glen Ord Distillery is the only remaining single malt Scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies 29 km (18 miles) west by northwest of Inverness on the west end of the Beauly Firth. The distillery can be seen from the train when travelling along the line.<br /> <br /> Background<br /> Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.<br /> <br /> 'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.<br /> <br /> We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:<br /> <br /> Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.