The Fyrish Monument
A monument built in 1782 on Fyrish Hill, in Fyrish in Evanton, near Alness, Easter Ross, Scotland, on the orders of Sir Hector Munro, 8th of Novar, a native lord of the area who had served in India as a general.
(Situated in Inverness-shire, a historic county, registration county and lieutenancy area of Scotland. Covering much of the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides, it is Scotland’s largest county, though one of the smallest in population, with 67,733 people or 1.34% of the Scottish population).
Just over from the Black Isle this is a great wee walk to be able to survey the area.
The Fyrish Monument, a trio of archways flanked by an uneven set of imposing stone pillars on the slopes of Easter Ross, was borne of a marriage of vanity and generosity that took inspiration far removed from the Highlands.
The Fyrish Monument is a monument built in 1782 on Fyrish Hill (Cnoc Fhaoighris), in Fyrish in Evanton, near Alness, Easter Ross, Scotland, on the orders of Sir Hector Munro, 8th of Novar, a native lord of the area who had served in India as a general.
As the local population were being cleared off the land they had worked for centuries by the Lords of the Land, survival was a problem and so it was built to keep the locals in labour.
It was said that Sir Hector rolled stones from the top of the hill to the bottom, thereby extending the amount of time worked and paying the labourers for additional hours.
It represents the Gate of Negapatam, a port in Madras, India, which General Munro took for the British in 1781. It is visible from almost anywhere in the parishes of Kiltearn and Alness.
The site of the monument provides an extensive view over the Cromarty Firth and beyond, and Ben Wyvis can be seen clearly, especially impressive if snow-covered.
A path to the top starts at a car park northeast of the hill at OS grid NH627715.
This walk is well worth the effort, a fairly steep ascent, through thick woodland, but once you leave the woods the views open up to reveal epic views all around.
One of the many fantastic places to visit on Scotlands East Coast.
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