Tain Through Time 2018
The Group's Annual Field Trip this year was to Tain, visiting the museum complex at Tain Through Time and St Duthac's Chapel before going on to Portmahomack to see the revamped Activity Room and Laird's Loft at The Tarbat Centre.
After a brief introduction to the history of the medieval town as a centre of royal pilgrimage the Group was taken by Philip Ward (Vice-Chair of the Tain Museum Trust) to St Duthac's Collegiate church.
Ranked as one of the finest medieval buildings in the Highlands Philip used the building itself to bring the history of church and town to life. A story that was reinforced, in turn, by the displays in the adjoining Tain Museum and Clan Ross Centre.
After lunch FRLHG went to the links to see the small, early medieval chapel dedicated to St Duthac, the probable site of an earlier settlement that was abandoned in favour of the new town that grew up around the collegiate church.
We then left Tain and drove across to Portmahomack to see the work in progress at the Tarbat Centre, updating the displays of finds from Martin Carver's 'digs' and the new education activity centre. The afternoon was brought to a conclusion with a viewing of the Tarbat Peninsular Video in the Laird's Loft.