History of Ord House

Ord House was the Lairds House for the youngest Son of the leader of the Mackenzie Clan in the 17th Century. The House was finished in 1637 and retains a great deal of history within its walls. Ord House was sympathetically converted to a Hotel in the 1970’s and retains a traditional Scottish feel. Antique furniture, real fires laid everyday and original walls that are 4 foot thick!ord drawing

The Allen family have lived and looked after the hotel for many decades and we take great care to keep the property and its grounds reflecting it’s original classic style. We source all our firewood from the grounds and we are continually improving areas that has fallen to the Centuries. There is a very old walled garden just off to the south of the croquet lawn and an orchard that has been re-established past the vegetable gardens, all of which is looked after by a Local Lady.

The AA Rosette award winning Restaurant reflects many Scottish traditions. Here you can expect to find Kippers, Venison, Wild Boar, Haggis, Smoked Salmon and our Scottish Tablet (a long standing Family Recipe). Keeping these old traditional dishes on the menu is important to us, we want you to get a real taste of Scotland.
The ‘Gun Room’ Bar is named so because it once held the Mackenzie family’s weapons of choice. Over the ages it has developed into a cosy place to grab a local ale, cider or whisky, of which we have many different varieties.



There are many clan and family associations around the world. Many gather at ‘home’ in Scotland to celebrate their ancestral heritage. There are many events for the Clan Mackenzie Society of Scotland & the UK this summer that may interest you if you researching your family history.

They are based in Inverness which is only a 25 minute drive away:

  • Gairloch Games (5th July 2014)
  • Roderick MacKenzie Memorial Picnic (12th July 2014)
  • Inverness Games (19th July 2014)
  • AGM weekend (18th-20th July, Inverness 2014)
  • Strathpeffer Games (9th August 2014)
  • Opening of Highland Homecoming Month Banner Parade (full weekend beginning 12th September 2014)

Also in 2015 there is an International Gathering for the Clan Mackenzie Society of Scotland & the UK (4th – 9th August 2015) if you would like to stay with us during any of these periods please click on our booking form to make an enquiry on availability.


Homecoming Scotland 2014

Scotland welcomes the world to join in the exciting Year of Homecoming 2014. In addition to the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, there’s a year-long programme of events and activities to showcase all that’s great about Scotland.


The Homecoming Highland Festival will run from 1 September to 31 October.  Highlights include the inaugural Inverness Highland Meeting (Cruinneachadh Gàidhealach Inbhir Nis) which will take place between 12-14 September and The Royal National Mòd (Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail) between 12-18 October.

Traditional origins of Clan Mackenzie

The surname Mackenzie in Scottish Gaelic is Maccoinneach which means son of the fair bright one and it has been suggested that it alludes to the pagan god Cernunnos.

The Mackenzies are believed to have the same ancestry as the Clan Matheson and Clan Anrias. All three are said to be descended from Gilleoin of the Aird, a Celtic dynast who lived in the early 12th century.

In the 14th century during the Wars of Scottish Independence the Clan Mackenzie is said to have been among the clans who fought on the side of Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Inverurie (1308) against the forces of the Clan Comyn who were rivals to the throne. Chief Iain Mac Coinnich is said to have led a force of five hundred Mackenzies at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 where the English were defeated.

Later in the 14th century the Mackenzies are said to have become involved in battles against their powerful neighbour the Earl of Ross and his allies.
This resulted in the capture and subsequent execution of chief Kenneth Mackenzie in 1346. Soon after this it appears that his successor as chief of the clan Mackenzie was living in an island castle in Loch Kinellan near Strathpeffer in Easter Ross and it was from this base that the clan was to advance westward once again to Kintail.
A romanticised Victorian-era illustration of a Clan Mackenzie clansmen by R. R. McIan from The Clans of the Scottish Highlands published in 1845.
17th century and Civil War

The Battle of Morar in 1602 was fought between the Clan Mackenzie and Clan MacDonell of Glengarry.

In 1623, the clan chief Colin Mackenzie was made Earl of Seaforth, a title in the peerage of Scotland, taking his title from a sea loch on the island of Lewis.

In 1645, Lord Seaforth, fighting as a Covenanter, led a force against the royalist James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, at the Battle of Auldearn where the Covenanters were defeated. There is a commemorative stone to the Mackenzies of Seaforth on the Isle of Lewis.

Montrose followed up his success by destroying many houses that belonged to people who had opposed the royalist cause, including that of Thomas Mackenzie of Pluscardine.18] Later in 1649 Thomas Mackenzie of Pluscardine adopted the royalist cause and led his own uprising in the Siege of Inverness (1649).

In 1672 the Mackenzies were granted a commission of “fire and sword” against the MacLeods of Assynt who were a branch of the Clan MacLeod of Lewis and were seated at Ardvreck Castle, which was attacked and captured by the Mackenzies, who took control of the lands of Assynt.

In 1688 Kenneth Mackenzie of Suddie was killed leading a government backed Independent Highland Company in support of the Clan Mackintosh against the Clan Cameron and the Clan MacDonald of Keppoch at the Battle of Mulroy. During the Williamite War in Ireland the Clan Mackenzie (led by their chief Kenneth Mackenzie, 4th Earl of Seaforth) are believed to have supported King James at the Siege of Derry and the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Sourced from Wikipedia


P.S The tartan you see on the background of this page is the Tartan of Clan Mackenzie.


Ord House Hotel
Muir of Ord

01463 870492