Contin  Ross and Cromarty


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Contin like this:

Contin, a very large Highland parish of central and south-eastern Ross-shire. Its church and school, towards the SE corner, stand on the right bank of the Blackwater, a little above its influx to the Conan, 4¼ miles SW of Strathpeffer station, on the Dingwall and Skye railway (1870), this being 4½ miles N by W of Dingwall, under which Contin has a post office. ...

Itself it contains three stations on that railway, Garve, Lochluichart, and Achnasheen, distant respectively from Dingwall 11¾, 17, and 27¾ miles. Bounded NW by Lochbroom parish, NE and E by Fodderty, S by Urray, and W by outlying portions of Fodderty and by Lochcarron and Gairloch parishes, it has an irregular outline, and sends off a long south-western wing, in which are Lochs Fannich, Rosque, and Benachran. Its greatest length is 22¼ miles from NW to SE, viz., from Ben Dearg to the Conan; its width varies between 43/8 and 16¼ miles. The principal streams are the Sheen and Meig, uniting to form the Conan, and the Blackwater, joining the latter at Moy. Lakes, with their utmost length and width and altitude above sea-level, are Lochs Achilty (7 x 3 furl., 170 ft.), Garve (1½ x ½ mile, 220 ft.), Luichart (1¾ mile x 6½ furl., 270 ft.), Fannich (65/8 mile x 6½ furl., 822 ft.), Rosque (3 x ½ mile), Benachran (2 x 1 mile), A Garbh Raoin (4½ x 3 furl., 900 ft.), and Coire Lair (6 x 1 furl., 980 ft.). There are, besides, close upon fifty smaller lochs, most of them, like the above, affording capital angling. The surface sinks in the extreme SE to 53 feet above sea-level, thence rising westward to Carn Sgolbaidh (1342), *Carn na Cloiche Moire (1936), *Meall nan Damh (2198), and Sgurr Mairc-suidhe (1899), where asterisks mark those summits that culminate on the borders of the parish; north-westward to Carn na B

Contin through time

Contin is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Contin itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Contin, in Highland and Ross and Cromarty | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th June 2024

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