Avoch and Killen

Avoch and Killen Community Collage
Early postcard.  This shows several views of the harbour area and one of Munlochy Bay.

View from above.

A view from North of the village showing the spire of the Parish Church, the tower of the Free Church of Scotland, the war memorial and the house built by Alex Mann.

House on the hill.

This splendid house sits atop Gallow hill and faces east. It was built by Alex Mann, a local farmer, from stone which was originally part of the now demolished Rosehaugh House.

Avoch village from Gallow Hill.

This picture is taken from above Long Road. Braehead is visible above the harbour cottages and the chimney of the blanket factory stands tall at the left. In front of the Dock cottages are the 'piggeries' where Gowans Place stands now.

View from the burn.

This rather indistinct photograph is looking towards the site presently occupied by the bowling green. A bakehouse is visible and, in the distance, Inverleod and Toll farm can be see. The shed towards the right of the picture is reputed to be a slaughterhouse belonging to Munro the butcher.

Welcome to Avoch and Killen

Why don't we have a walk round the Avoch of some years ago?

"Scaffies" in Avoch harbour.

This pre-WW1 photograph shows 'Scaffies' drawn up on the beach east of the harbour - a common sight. Looking westward, Henrietta Street can be seen but there are none of the Ormonde Street houses nor is there any industrial site. The site of Ormonde Castle is still well wooded. 

Baiting lines.

Not all the work of a fisherman took place at sea. Here we see Sandy and Maggie Skinner working outside their house in Geddieston - now called Braehead.

Fishing boat.

Ins 247, Guiding Star, with Will Patience standing in the stern.

Henrietta bridge.

Looking towards Dock from Henrietta Street shows clearly the higher Braehead road and the lower houses of Dock. Just to the right of the bridge, on the opposite side of the burn is wooden a wooden gent's 'privy' whilst on the roadside a water pump is visible.

Gathering wood.

A wood gatherer is pictured on the shore in front of the smoking chimneys of Henrietta. From the right can be picked out Holmwood which belonged to Danny Raff the boat builder, the 'Pipers' Cottage' which housed the Mackenzies who were fiddlers and pipers and the row of fishermen's cottages built by Mackenzie of Scatwell in the eighteenth century. The house to the west of the white ones was once a grain store.

Washine lines.

These washing lines on the shore (or Burlach) were used by all the residents of the nearby 'streeties'. If the tide was in when a shower of rain came then either the washing or the owner's feet got wet!

High Street / George Street.

This corner has been occupied by the Mace shop but when this photograph was taken it was an electrical shop belonging to Alistair Macdonald. The house was known as "Johnny Clay's" as it belonged to a John MacClay. In front of the house was a dam for the blanket factory lower down.

George Street.

Most of the houses in the 'Streeties' are small cottages but this impressive house stands at the top of the Street. The photographer Donald Macleman (Donny Rees) lived here.

Photographer Donald Macleman.

Margaret Street.

This house in Margaret Street belonged to Donald Macleman (pictured above). For many years he took photographs in and around the area and gave the Heritage Association his collection and a small fraction of them have been used on this website. The house formerly belonged to a Teeny Rees who is still remembered for the mini church services she held here for children.


Donald's shadow can be seen here as he stood with his back to the Firth photographing the bottom of Margaret Street. On the left is a shop which was owned by Robert Jack who sold groceries. It later became an electrical shop. Next to it is a shed which was a shoemaker's shop.

Lazy Corner.  Seen from the site of the Mace shop, this is still called 'Lazy Corner' but the house no longer stands.

Macdonald's shop.

Photographed when the premises were a Mace concern but nowadays the entrance to the shop is on the opposite side of the building and a Chinese takeaway and a Bank of Scotland cashpoint have been added at this end. The Macdonalds originally had a baker's shop in Margaret Street just below where their van is parked and they still have a bakery in George Street.

The Cellar.

The petrol pumps on the right belonged to the garage owned by Colin MacArthur. The adjacent building was named 'The Cellar" and it was used to store coal brought into the harbour opposite. The whole building is now converted into flats with a good view across the Firth.

Filling station.

Until the end of the twentieth century this site on the High Street was still a filling station. The first proprietor was Alex Macdonald who was a blacksmith engineer.

Top of Long Road.

The Nissan hut housed Colin MacArthur's garage. The bowling pavilion is visible in the background. A blacksmith, Tom Mackenzie from Raddery, had a smiddy between the garage and the pavilion.

Mackenzie Place.

The comparatively new houses of Mackenzie Place stand behind the Bank (of Scotland) house on the left and the Police house on the right. Sadly both these building are no longer used for their original purpose.
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