When in Ross-shire, it is also a must to come across a village called Bishop Kinkell and Mellon Udrigle, which showcases Scotland’s finest sandy beaches. Another village not to spare on a tour is Evanton, which is located in the eastern part of county, and is famous for its attractions that includes the ruined church of Kiltearn, the Fyrish monument, and the Black Rock Gorge.
You cannot fail to notice the strange “folly” on the top of Fyrish Hill.
This is a monument which was built on the orders of Sir Hector Munro of Novar Estate, way back in the late eighteenth century. It is said to be based on the gates to an Indian city named Negapataum or Negapatum. Sir Hector requested the work and helped out many unemployed in doing so. You can find out more about Sir Hector.
Three battlemented arches with ruined pillars, also called the Fyrish Monument; an ascent of 1200 feet over 2 miles. Best seen from a distance, as it is a 40-minute climb to the folly. Fyrish Monument over the wonderful views over Cromarty Firth and the Black isle in the village of Evanton. Its and beyond is stunning, although Ben Wyvis can not be seen.
The General served in India with the East India Company and on returning home he ordered the building of the monument, in order to provide work for the local unemployed. It represents the Gate of Negapatam, a port in Madras, India, which General Munro took for the British in 1781 and the scene of the General’s greatest victory. It is visible from almost anywhere in the parishes of Kiltearn and Alness.
To get to the monument you need to drive up the old Struie road and turn left at the sign for Boath. A few miles up this road you will see the signs for the Jubilee Path to Fyrish Monument, car park.
Watch The Fyrish Monument Video
With over 150 miles of tracks on the Novar Estate there are routes to appeal to all standards of mountain bikers. Among the most challenging short routes is the path to the Fyrish Monument.
The walk is hard going upwards (probably much easier for non-smokers!), however my 76 year old step-father managed it very well! The views from the top were stunning and I can highly recommend this walk for the views and for the monument which is most unusual.