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 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
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
Look carefully at this image and you will probably spot the photographer. Taken in February 2018, looking towards the North
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
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
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
The Mackay crest glints in the sun above the door at Kasteel Ophemert
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 Fairbairn, patron of the Strathnaver Museum, as a girl in Holland. Determined, at the helm of a tractor.
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
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 was very helpful too
To the right, the author and the current clan chief in Mackay evening-wear.