Photos that did not make it into the guide

When putting this book together, I went to Sutherland and to Holland to take photographs. Necessarily, many photographs did not make the final cut of the book. Here, to give you a wider picture, are a few more with some context.

Castle Varrich

Castle Varrich

Castle Varrich sits on a mound above the Kyle of Tongue. Its views from the top are unparalleled. Presumably this commanding position was helpful for spotting incoming attackers.

Street sign in Ophemert Village showing the marriage between Mackays and van Haeftens

Street sign in Ophemert Village showing the marriage between Mackays and van Haeftens

When the Mackays married into the van Haeften family, the Kasteel Ophemert became part of the clan property portfolio. It is now a lovely Bed & Breakfast, run by Alexandra & Arthur van Dedem

View from the graveyard at St Andrew's Church, Tongue

View from the graveyard at St Andrew's Church, Tongue

Look carefully at this image and you will probably spot the photographer. Taken in February 2018, looking towards the North

The graveyard at Balnakeil

The graveyard at Balnakeil

In this graveyard, which is next to one of the old Mackay houses Balnakeil, is buried Rob Donn Mackay, the famous Gaelic bard of the clan

Mackay vault at Ophemert

Mackay vault at Ophemert

Outside of the village of Ophemert, in open country, is the graveyard of the Mackays. The vault is underground, covered in ivy, charming. The 10th Lord Reay is among the five bodies buried there.

Portrait of the 13th Lord Reay at Ophemert

Portrait of the 13th Lord Reay at Ophemert

Impressive portrait of Aeneas, the 27th chief, who himself was 6 foot 8 tall. It sits in the hall at Ophemert.

Ophemert in June sunshine

Ophemert in June sunshine

The Mackay crest glints in the sun above the door at Kasteel Ophemert

Hugh Reay at Strathnaver Museum

Hugh Reay at Strathnaver Museum

The picture shows the 14th Lord Reay at the museum in Bettyhill. The man to his left is holding a Manu Forti flag

Elizabeth, as a girl, at the wheel

Elizabeth, as a girl, at the wheel

Elizabeth Fairbairn, patron of the Strathnaver Museum, as a girl in Holland. Determined, at the helm of a tractor.

Angela Mackay and Bear

Angela Mackay and Bear

Angela Mackay is a well-known figure in the Tongue area. She was an intrepid helper in the creation of this book.

Some of Zuzana Marekova's early illustrations

Some of Zuzana Marekova's early illustrations

Zuzana is a lovely illustrator. She was born in Slovakia and a lot of her work is based around Slovakian folk art. She created the M motif that occurs in the book.

Olivia in tartan scarf - one of our intrepid contributors

Olivia in tartan scarf - one of our intrepid contributors

Olivia was very helpful too

To the right, the author and the current clan chief in Mackay evening-wear.

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