The Tarbat Community Council (TCC) area covers 23.7 sq. km. at the eastern end of the Tarbat peninsula, and includes the communities of Portmahomack, Rockfield, and New Geanies. It forms part of the Highland Council Ward 7, Tain & Easter Ross.

The main purpose of the Community Council is to act as a voice for its local area. This involves articulating the views and concerns of local people on a wide range of issues and making representations to The Highland Council, other public sector bodies and private agencies. TCC has a role in planning and licensing applications, and it is also empowered to take such action in the interests of the community as appears to be expedient and practicable.

TCC has a maximum of seven voting members. Elections take place on a four year cycle, and casual vacancies may be filled by co-option or, in certain circumstances, by interim elections.  Meetings are at present normally held on the first Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December. Members of the public are welcome to attend and to participate.

The three elected Highland Councillors for Ward 7, are ex officio members of TCC, and some or all of them usually attend TCC meetings.  

See links to Highland Council for further area information and links to the TCC area map and Highland Council’s Scheme for the Establishment for community councils.

Contact the TCC

Tarbat Community Council News

September 24, 2023

Community Council Elections

Nominations are invited from people seeking election to all Community Councils. This is your chance to help represent the views of your community to The Highland Council and other public agencies.

June 28, 2023

The Portmahomack Coastal Rowing Club

The Portmahomack Coastal Rowing Club started up in Spring 2022 by a group of enthusiastic folk from the Port and further afield. The club is affiliated to the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association. The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association was formed on 29 May 2010 to encourage boat building and rowing and racing of coastal rowing boats around the Scottish Coastline. Communities are encouraged to become involved in the building of new boats to be rowed, principally the St Ayles skiff.

June 27, 2023

New bench seats at Tign-na-Mara, Main Street

The new recycled plastic bench seats replaced wooden ones, which have given good service, but had reached their use by date. Also recycled plastic is a more environmentally friendly alternative to wooden seats. With some regular maintenance wooden seats will last about 12/15 years whereas plastic seats will, according to the manufacturer, last at least twice as long.

Agendas and minutes

Agenda - October 5th 2023

  1. Recording of membership and others present
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of previous meeting held on Thursday 3rd August 2023
  4. Approval of previous minutes
  5. Matters arising from previous Minutes                  
  6. Highland Councilor's Report
  7. Tain & District Development Trust
  8. Financial Report
  9. Correspondence
  10. AOCB
  11. Close of meeting and time and date of next meeting – to be agreed

Previous minutes


3rd August

6th April


5th October

2nd February


March 21st

4th August

6th October

1st December


5th February


Community Council Elections

TCC Accounts 2022

Tarbat Community Council Members

Mr Eric Nimmons

Chairperson & Community Councillor

Mr Hamish Mackenzie OBE

Vice Chairperson

Mr Reg Flegg

Community Councillor and Treasurer

Mrs Gillian Davey

Community Councillor

Mr James Philp

Community Councillor

Mr Gordon Jack

Community Councillor

Mrs Jacqueline Thornhill

Community Councillor

Cllr. Derek Louden

Ex Officio Member

Cllr. Sarah Rawlings

Ex Officio Member

Cllr. Allistair Rhind

Ex Officio Member