Tain and Easter Ross has a very strong and distinctive architectural heritage, which needs to be reflected in today’s planning applications. The area has many notable structures, churches, houses, commercial and industrial buildings, often built by significant Scottish builders and architects. These include locals such as Alexander Stronach (Portmahomack Girnal and and Tolbooth) and the Maitlands (Royal Hotel, Tain Parish Church and Tarbat School). Additionally, important Scottish architects and builders added to Tain’s architecture. These include James Smith (Duthac House), Ross and Macbeth (Tain Episcopal Church), George Angus (Bank of Scotland) and Thomas Telford (Portmahomack Harbour).
The Tain & Easter Ross Civic Trust aims to encourage the development, improvement and preservation of features of amenity and historical interest. Also, we wish to encourage high standards of architecture and town planning. As such, the Trust is involved in examining Planning Applications and in providing input into local and regional plans.