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Tain sits on the shores of the Dornoch Firth, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Invergordon in Easter Ross. Scotland's oldest royal burgh, it was granted its charter in 1066 by King Malcolm III and burgh status in 1457. The birth place of St. Duthac, and his final resting place, Tain became a shrine and place of pilgrimage and it was in this shrine that the wife, sisters and daughter of King Robert Bruce were captured by the English.

The main feature of the town is the massive Tain tollbooth, built in 1730, and which now acts as the entrance to the Court House and Court Buildings. Other places of interest include the Collegiate Church, built in 1371, the Royal Academy of Tain (1812) which is now a resource centre and residential home and Castle Brae which is now a local museum.

Today, Tain is the centre of a prosperous agricultural district and is the main tourist centre for the local area.

Between Tain and Meikle Ferry, visitors will find Glenmorangie Distillery, home of the famous single malt whisky.

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