Karen Appleyard Photography | About Tulloch

Situated on the edge of Moulin Moor, Tulloch is the home of Karen, Alistair & Barclay.
Surrounded by an abundance of nature, it has beautiful views over Straloch and Kindrogan Hill & Forest and is adjacent to the Cateran Trail.

Its name, stems from The Battle of Tulloch and has a standing stone near the entrance to mark this.

In 903 AD, The Battle of Tulloch took place, it was the second recorded battle in the district, which in fact involved the danes, who were invading swiftly from the east.
They encountered the defending local Picts at Enochdhu in Strathardle, midway between Moulin and Kirkmichael. The battle is said to of taken place at Tulloch (from tulach meaning a knoll), where there is now a house of that name to the south of the road on a knoll a little to the east of Glenfernate bridge.
The Danes were on occasion repulsed by the Picts. A grave connected with this battle is an impressive mound almost six meters long, beside the entrance gate to Dirnanean, with a standing stone (nearly two meters high) at the head of a smaller rounded stone at the foot. One explanation has it that this is the grave of the fallen Danish leader, whose name was unknown, as a result of which the Picts dubbed him "Ard-fhuil"(of noble blood). It does, however, seem unlikely that the defeated leader would receive such an auspicious grave and such reverence as to name the Strath (Strathardle) after him, in preference to its previous name (strath na muc riabach, meaning "strath of the brindled sow"). Perhaps most probable is the suggestion that a Prince "Ard-fhuil" (or Atholl"?), son of the King Cruithne, fought in this battle as leader of the Picts and, in pursuing the Danes, was killed where his notable grave now is. It is likely that the local Picts would name the strath after their own fallen leader, not least because the strath presumably had a previous name which was displaced in deference to this historic event
(From Pitlochry Heritage of a Highland District by Colin Liddell)