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Gaelic: Alanais
Alness High Street - - 46297.jpg
Alness High Street
Grid reference: NH6569
Location: 57°41’42"N, 4°15’29"W
Population: 3,338  (2001)
Post town: Alness
Postcode: IV17
Dialling code: 01349
Local Government
Council: Highland
Caithness, Sutherland
and Easter Ross

Alness is a town in Ross-shire, in Easter Ross near the Cromarty Firth. It stands on the River Averon, the old town on the western bank and Roskeen on the east, which parts are two separate parishes.

The town of Invergordon lies to the east and the village of Evanton to the south west.

Across the Firth lies the tiny hamlet of Alnessferry, in Cromartyshire. There is no ferry between them today.


The two parishes of Alness and Rosskeen were once in different presbyteries of the Church of Scotland. Now in one, they maintain discrete churches.

Alness has several churches:


In September 1715 during the '15 Rebellion, the Skirmish of Alness was fought between Jacobite clans including the MacKenzies and MacDonalds under the Earl of Seaforth, and the loyalist Munros, Rosses and MacKays under John Gordon, 16th Earl of Sutherland. The Jacobites drove their opponents over Struie to Bonar.[1]

For the middle part of the twentieth century there was a seaplane base, RAF Alness.

Outside links


  1. Site Record for Alness. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.