The Aird

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The Aird is an area of Inverness-shire, to the west of the city of Inverness; it is the land to the south of the River Beauly and the Beauly Firth, and to the north of Glenurquhart and the northern end of Loch Ness.

The name is from the Gaelic An Àird meaning "The High Place".

Villages within the Aird include Kirkhill, Kiltarlity, Lentran and Inchmore.

The Aird is the traditional heart of the Clan Fraser's territory, containing their family seat of Beaufort Castle. The first known Lord of the Aird, however, was Iain Mac Eoin Nan Gleann or "John Bisset of the Glens".


Blar Nam Feinne (NH595433[1] is a site on Cnoc na Moine that reputedly saw a battle in the early 11th century between King Malcolm and Thorfinn of Norway. It is also supposed to be the site of the defeat of Donald Balloch in the 15th century.[1] Various cairns marked the burials from the battles, about 20 mounds have survived forestry operations with varying degrees of mutilation.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Site Record for Blar Nam Feinne, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland,