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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tour Cromarty Scotland

Tour Cromarty, Scotland. Cromarty is first recorded in the thirteenth century as both a royal burgh and a small sheriffdom. The town's varied history has included periods of marked prosperity, in the early 1700s, based on a thriving trade in grain and salt fish; in the 1760s and '70s under an improving laird who, among other innovations, built Britain's largest hemp factory here; and especially from the 1790s to the 1830s, when some believed that it might replace Inverness as the principal commercial centre of the Highlands. A disastrous decline followed, however, with the failure of the town's trade as it was bypassed by the expanding network of sea, road and rail transport. Although the Cromarty Firth was an important naval base during WW1, the decline continued until the 1970s, when North Sea oil and improved communications brought a revival. This study considers Cromarty in the wider context of the northern Highlands and sheds new light on the area's social and economic history. My Little Town of Cromarty: The History of a Northern Scottish Town.

The district of Ross and Cromarty stretches across northern Scotland, from the rugged Atlantic coastline to the shores of the Moray Firth. The landscape is one of great contrasts, with majestic ancient mountains to the west and pastoral countryside to the east. Ross and Cromarty was the frontier zone between the emerging kingdom of Scotland and the Viking strongholds of Orkney and Caithness. The guide explores the history of the area from the appearance of the first human inhabitants over 8000 years ago and its later position as a centre of Pictish power, through its popularity as a place of religious worship and study in medieval times, to the coming of the industrial age. A number of sites are highlighted as "Essential Viewing", and there is an introduction to the literature, music and art of the district. Ross and Cromarty: A Historical Guide (Scottish Historical Guides): A Historical Guide (Scottish Historical Guides).

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