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Picture No 105. Courtesy of Tain & District Museum.
Year: 1930
Catalogue No. 0263

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Dunskaith House

The Nigg Ferry Hotel now stands on the site of this old house.
Picture added on 05 April 2004.

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The Nigg Ferry Hotel stands to the right of the pier and Dunskaith stood to the left as in this picture and the Naval Base which was later to become the HiFab Training School stood in between.
Added by Anne Wilson on 05 April 2004.

The comment under the picture is inaccurate. Dunskaith House is still there... albeit only partially! The servants quarters are all that remain of the original house, which was demolished by fire a long time ago.
Added by Alison Hinde on 17 March 2008.

My original comment admits to the house being still there and was purely to correct the original comment as the Nigg Ferry Hotel has never stood on the site of "this old house". You, of course, are absolutely correct that the servants quarters are now the only part remanining. It is entirely due to my late Aunt that it is still standing, as she guided the firemen in 1960 to save the servants quarters as the then, owners, personal goods and chattels were in the that part of the property and by then the main house was well alight and there was no realistic hope of saving it. Much of the main house, that I can remember, was lined in beautifully carved pitch pine from floor to ceiling with roses carved in the corners of the rooms and this "went up like a tinder box"; it also had beautiful stained glass windows in the lower corridor. In the heyday of the house - it would have been truly wonderful but by the 1950's it was deteriorating due to ingress of water.

My late Aunt was caretaking the property in the 1950's and consequently we had full access to it but as I have said, sadly, it was not at its best by then.

Added by Anne Wilson on 21 March 2008.

This is such a beautiful picture. My interest is of the Castle of Dunskaith on the hill. I have been searching for information of this castle for years. Could anyone help me. Are their any drawings of the castle at all?
Added by Denise on 24 March 2008.

Sorry Anne, I also was correcting the detail under the picture. My grandfather worked out of Dunskaith House from 1974 until he retired around 10 years ago. When I go there for a visit it makes me sad to see it now as the house and the grounds aren't being looked after. I've got a lot of fond memories as I spent nearly every weekend between there and Pitcalnie Farm for the first 15 years of my life.
Added by Alison Hinde on 26 March 2008.

Denise - check out the Invergordon web site, there are some more pictures and information about Dunskaith House on that. Search for "Invergordon - the old home town". Good Luck.
Added by Jillian on 28 May 2008.

Having been born in Nigg in the early 70's l spent a lot of time around this area. Does anyone have any information on the old chapel that is in ruins in the former gardens to Dunskaith House?

Dunskaith Castle, only the outline of the old foundations were/still visible in the fields on the right as you head up the Brae to Castlecraig.


Added by Andy Campbell on 27 December 2009.

I was born in Dunskaith House in 1963 and we sold only when it became too difficult to live there with the oil refinery.
I have wonderful cine films of summers on the beach and of us with our ponies which were kept in the field behind the house. We children were always fascinated with the remains of the chapel and the enclosed garden which in summer yielded vegetables and fruits such as rosehips and gooseberries. There was a wood just outside the gate where we played endlessly and every Sunday the family plus numerous dogs and our one cat 'Jason' would go for a walk to the sand dunes (where the refinery is (or was).

Added by Joanne West (nee Tipping) on 26 August 2010.

Yes, I used to live in Nigg and go to Nigg school as a pupil (Miss Ross was the head teacher back then). My best friends ("Peter Paterson" aka "Pogo" & "Annabell Paterson" aka "Birdy Patch") mum & dad (The Pattersons) owned Nigg ferry hotel circa 1975 - 1985. It was a lovely place to visit. Does anyone know if the frasers are still in Nigg?
Added by Alistair Campbell on 16 June 2011.

I remember the ' Tippings ', we used to play on the beach and get our ice creams from the wee shop. Your dad was a lovely man, Joanne.
Added by Roseanna Healy (nee schoebella) on 30 January 2012.

I also remember the Tippings - they owned and ran the caravan site that we spent many happy holidays at. If anyone has any photos I would love to see them
Added by Margaret Healy (nee Watt) on 08 May 2013.


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