The topography of Tain
Attribution: unknown (Procession in High Street for Diamond Jubilee 1897)
The Topography of Tain
The land around Tain can be divided into four main areas:-
A low sandy plain mostly below 5 metres above sea level which contains the Morrich More and Fendom areas.
A raised beach or terrace about 15 metres above sea level with a gentle upward slope to the south and south west merging with the lower slopes of Tain Hill.
A low undulating plain to the north and the west of Loch Eye mostly below 40 metres but sloping gently upwards to the west to over 100 metres where it meets the lower slopes of the upland region.
An upland area of Old Red Sandstone to the west of Tain reaching to over 300 metres at its highest point and bounded to the north by the sea, to the west by the Edderton Burn and to the south by the Aldie Water.
The Plain of Ross
The land to the south and south east of Tain is part of the Plain of Ross (Machair Ross). This sometimes level, sometimes undulating, plain presents a variegated landscape of fields, woodland and mosses depending on the nature of the underlying deposits. The area immediately south and south east of the town is all fields with a much greater degree of moss and woodland further south and south west. A lot of new single house development has taken place in this latter area especially along the Scotsburn road and around Hartmount and Grantfield.