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Muir of Ord
Am Blàr Dubh
) is a village in
. It is situated near the western boundary of the
, about 20 km west of the city of
, and 10 km south of
. It has a population of 3,026.
Black Isle Show
, one of the largest
in Scotland, is held every August in a showground near Muir of Ord.
The village is served by
Muir of Ord railway station
, opened in 1869.
Glen Ord Distillery
is the one of the few remaining whisky distilleries on the
Muir of Ord also have a local football team, Muir of Ord Rovers FC. They compete in the North Caledonian League.
Muir of Ord had a settlement zone population of 2,898 in 2001.
It has a substantial industrial estate and is the venue for the annual Black Isle Show.
The Local Plan suggests a requirement for 300 to 360 houses over the next 10-15 years. -
Muir of Ord is situated three miles north of Beauly and 14 miles northwest of Inverness. The original settlement was known as Tarradale which grew extensively during the 19th century as a consequence of whisky distilling and road and rail transport. A railway station was constructed at Tarradale in 1862, as part of the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway. However, the railway named the station 'Muir of Ord' after the site of cattle markets that took place within a mile of the settlement. Over time, the name Tarradale was faded out and replaced by Muir of Ord.
For several years the village was situated on the A9 route north of Inverness but this changed with the construction of the Kessock Bridge in 1982. Today, despite the village being a quieter place, Muir of Ord's industries still include tourism, distilling and construction - www.ambaile.org.uk