This hamlet lies in the southern part of the Black Isle and should not be confused with Kilmuir Easter to the north of the Cromarty Firth, or another place of the same name in Skye. The village lies not far from Inverness as the crow flies. However it is fairly isolated, as by road it is placed at the end of a narrow road which leads to nowhere else. It lies on the northern shore of the Moray Firth and east of the Kessock Bridge. It lies below Ord Hill at the top of which lies an ancient fort. The church lies some distance east of the village and is in ruins, although the burial ground is well maintained and still in use. The parish used to be known as Kilmuir Wester but was combined with Suddie in 1756 and together they made up the parish of Knockbain. It seems that at a later date the east end of the church was converted into a Graham burial vault.
The burial ground is well cared for by Highland Council - cynics may say it is a pity they are less responsive to the needs of the living. Several stones reflect lives connected with the sea - pilots, boat-builders, sailors, drownings.
The Forestry Commission owns woodland behind the village and on the slopes of Ord Hill. If you park your car near the churchyard there are marked walks from there to the village, to North Kessock, and circular routes following initially the coast towards Munlochy Bay.
Below are some small pictures of the village and burial ground. Click them to see a larger version with a little more information.
picture of burial ground
east end of old church
overall view of churchyard