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Easter Ross
Easter Ross

ROSS-SHIRE is a County Palatine of Scotland and Easter Ross is the garden of Ross-shire. The district extends from the burn of Alness (the river Averon) on the south to the Dornoch Firth and the Kyle of Sutherland on the north. On the east it is bounded by the Moray, the Cromarty, and the Dornoch, Firths, while on the west it is in touch on high lands with the parish of Lochbroom, and that of Assynt in Sutherland. It has an area of 283,316 acres and in this area are embraced the nine parishes of Rosskeen, Kilmuir, Logie Easter, Nigg, Fearn, Tarbat, Tain, Edderton, and Kincardine, the Royal Burgh of Tain, the Police Burgh of Invergordon, as well as the villages of Bridgend of Alness, Saltburn, Balnabruach (Nigg), Shandwick, Balintore, Fearn, Port-mahomack, Inver, Edderton, and Ardgay.

The Highland Railway enters the district at Alness where there is a remarkably handsome skew bridge of two arches ; and there are stations at Alness, Invergordon, Delny, Kildary, Nigg, Fearn, Tain, Edderton, Bonar Bridge, and Culrain near which the railway is carried across the Oykel into Sutherlandshire by a latticed iron girder viaduct of 230 feet span, 55 feet above ordinary spring tides It traverses in all over thirty-two miles of the district. Though at Alness the railway is only 75 feet above sea level, at Invergordon 23 feet, at Tain 15 feet, and at Bonar Bridge 20 feet, yet the views got on right and left from a railway carriage are marvellously beautiful.

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