Location of Avoch and the Black Isle
News that the book, "Rosehaugh - A House of its Time" is being prepared for re-publication - with additional photos and text, and updates on developments on the Rosehaugh Estate since the house's demolition. See below.
Over 380 photos of Avoch's heritage, contributed by local people. New updates have been added to the War Years and Churches sections and more detail added to the entries about key people in the village. More new information on Alexander Mackenzie's travels will be added shortly. The site is maintained by Doug Maclean using content provided by members of the Avoch Heritage Association. Other local history information for Fortrose and Rosemarkie is available from Groam House Museum, www.groamhouse.org.uk
A great place to visit
Visit Avoch for a step back in time, in this beautiful Black Isle fishing village on the Moray Firth coast. History, walks, cycling, or enjoy the natural heritage. Enjoy a meal in one of the eating places, or stay a night or two for a tranquil break
Sir Alexander Mackenzie - Voyageur
See our display depicting the travels and exploits of Sir Alexander Mackenzie, who came to Avoch in his final years and did much to support the village. He is buried in Avoch Parish Churchyard, where the large stone enclosure has many interesting features and can be easily pinpointed by the display of flags in the summer.
The streets of Avoch
Forget the Streets of San Francisco - see the streets of Avoch instead - through the eyes of early cameramen (and women) of times gone by.
Avoch past and present
Did you know?
Self-sufficiency is all the rage these days - but the Rosehaugh estate was self sufficient 100 years ago. It was also the first in the Highlands to do many things - such as breeding Jersey cows.
Rosehaugh House had a very advanced central heating system for its day - which conssumed a ton of coal a day.
There were food riots in Avoch when potato blight high the Highlands - the riots were because local producers exported their produce to get higher prices, rather than feed the local people.
The ruins of the house can still be seen on the Rosehaugh Estate, which is open to the public (but leave your car at the car park just inside the estate entrance).
Rosehaugh - A House of its Time - to be republished
Rosehaugh house is the subject of a detailed and highly readable book by members of the Avoch Heritage Association. Published 20 years ago, the book is currently out of print, but it is planned to re-publish it shortly. Incorprating additional photos and text, and adopting a new larger format, the new book will better reflect the grandeur of the house. Watch this site for details of publication and to purchase copies.
-see our photographs of Old Avoch - from the collection of Donald Macleman (shown). See what you recognise!
See something of the hard life that was the mainstay of village life not so long ago in our section on fishing.
Farming has been evident in the area for the past 5000 years - see something of that history and how farming has come to be such an important industry in the area