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TITLE
Fairburn Tower, Loch Garve and Raven's Rock
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_U_8131048_P018
PLACENAME
Fairburn Tower; Loch Garve; Raven's Rock
DISTRICT
Muir of Ord
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Contin
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
38341
KEYWORDS
towers
castles
clans
ruins
seers
Coinneach Odhar
Kenneth MacKenzie
lochs
railways
rocks
Fairburn Tower, Loch Garve and Raven's Rock

Fairburn Tower stands on a ridge between Strath Orrin and Strath Conon. The 16th-century tower was a seat of the Clan MacKenzie. The family left the tower when Fairburn House was built nearby. One of the Brahan Seer's prophecies said that the MacKenzies would lose their possessions, the tower would become uninhabited and a cow would give birth to a calf on the top floor. In 1851 a pregnant cow followed a trail of straw to the top floor and became stuck. She gave birth to her calf and both were led to safety five days later.

Loch Garve is a good fishing loch next to the village of Garve.

The Raven's Rock is one of the highest summits on the railway route from Dingwall to Kyle of Lochalsh. The summit is between Auchterneed and Garve. A quarry siding once existed on this part of the line but it closed in 1939.

This photograph is from the book 'Picturesque Ross-shire, Strathpeffer and Dingwall' published in Dingwall, circa 1900

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Fairburn Tower, Loch Garve and Raven's Rock

ROSS: Contin

1900s

towers; castles; clans; ruins; seers; Coinneach Odhar; Kenneth MacKenzie; lochs; railways; rocks

Highland Libraries

Fairburn Tower stands on a ridge between Strath Orrin and Strath Conon. The 16th-century tower was a seat of the Clan MacKenzie. The family left the tower when Fairburn House was built nearby. One of the Brahan Seer's prophecies said that the MacKenzies would lose their possessions, the tower would become uninhabited and a cow would give birth to a calf on the top floor. In 1851 a pregnant cow followed a trail of straw to the top floor and became stuck. She gave birth to her calf and both were led to safety five days later.<br /> <br /> Loch Garve is a good fishing loch next to the village of Garve.<br /> <br /> The Raven's Rock is one of the highest summits on the railway route from Dingwall to Kyle of Lochalsh. The summit is between Auchterneed and Garve. A quarry siding once existed on this part of the line but it closed in 1939.<br /> <br /> This photograph is from the book 'Picturesque Ross-shire, Strathpeffer and Dingwall' published in Dingwall, circa 1900