INVERGORDON is a small town, but of considerable interest both historically and in the present day. It is situated in North East Scotland, on the Northern shore of the Firth of Cromarty.
It has a natural beep water harbour, often said to be the best natural harbour in Europe. It has been one of the Royal Navy’s strategic bases since 1913. Its importance in the 21st Century however, is more bound up with its engineering and repair work on North Sea oil rigs. It has also become a major Scottish visitor centre for the many large modern-day cruise ships, which are able to dock there. From here passengers can explore the town as well as use it as a base to explore Northern Scotland.
In January 2002, a small group of dedicated local volunteers got together to address the issue of social and economic deprivation within the town. They called their enterprise “Invergordon off the wall”. Among other proposed projects, the group planned to create an outdoor art gallery where the history and culture of the area could be depicted. To this end, a number of large murals were commissioned and were painted on the walls of buildings in and around the town centre. In the past 15 years these “Invergordon off the wall” murals have increased in number to 17, each one carefully planned by individual groups within the project. They have now become a major attraction to tourists.
In the Gallery below I have included photographs of 12 of these murals taken by me on visits to the town in 2008 and 2010. Click on any one of the photographs to view enlarged versions in a slide show . . .