- Evanton Latitude: 57.662875 Longitude: -4.337280
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Evanton Scottish Highlands Is 15miles north of the city of Inverness, 4 miles south-west of Alness and 6miles north-east of Dingwall.
The village has a dozen or so streets, the main one being Balconie Street, it has been described as a "commuting settlement", because most of the inhabitants work in other areas of Easter Ross and the greater Inverness area.
The A9 road connect's Edinburgh with Inverness and the far north, once ran through Evanton, on the path of Balconie Street however, a bypass was created as part of a general scheme to shorten the journey between Inverness to Invergordon.
The village was founded in about 1810 on a waste piece of land just inland from the cromarty firth where the Allt river reaches the sea, Evanton replaced an older village called Drummond that stood on the west side of the river, The river known further west as the Glass emerges from the Glen Glass and the Loch Glass in the foothills of Ben Wyvis. The current town was founded in the early nineteenth century by Alexander Fraser of Inchcoulter Balconie who named it after his son Evan but most of the village buildings date from the Victorian times, the village is near to the site of Balconie Castle an old seat of the Mormaers it was later held by their successors, the Clan MacDonald, Earls of Ross. Alexander MacDonald of Lochalsh, chief of the Clan MacDonald of Lochalsh.
On the seaward side of the village is balconie house built on the site of an old fortress for the Earl of Ross Situated at the edge of Evanton To the west is Evanto wood with the fascinating Black Rock Gorge a magical deep and narrow cleft in old red sandstone conglomerate through which the Allt Graad flows in Easter Ross, a few hundred meters in length and reaches 36 metres (120 feet) in height, it was caused by rapids heavily burdened with sediment being carried upwards as part of the great Post-glacial rebound.
There is a local Gaelic myth, in which the Lady of Balconie is lured into her depths by a mysterious man, thought to be the Devil ever since then the cries from the lady can be heard from the top. Here you can find Fyrish Hill 1478 feet high and at its summit is the large, unusual Fyrish Monument from the top weather permitting there are extensive views in all directions to include the Cairngorms, Ben Wyvis, the Affric and Fannich Ranges and the Cromarty Firth. Sir Hector Munro of Novar had the monument built in 1792 to provide work for unemployed workers in the area, you can reach it from the small car park, that climbs steadily to the summit, first through pine forest and then across open moorland.
There is a ruined church in Kiltearn, Evanton that is thought to have been constructed in the early 1700’s, replacing a medieval building, there is a ancient burial ground here Just past the church, you can walk over the wooden bridge which spans the Skiach River from here you can walk beside the river to the Village and back across the bridge, The beach it has magnificent views across the Cromarty Firth, you can take a leisurely stroll along the shore spot wildlife on this scenic route, this is a good walk for ramblers it will that take around an hour at a leisurely pace.