Lairg, Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland

Lairg is a village in the Scottish Highlands area of Sutherland, a crossroads to Scotland's north west coast and far north of Scotland.

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Lairg is a village in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, a crossroads in the Highlands where you can travel to different areas in the north of Scotland. Lairg has many outdoor activities including salmon and trout fishing on lochs and highland rivers, bird and wildlife, hillwalking and off-road cycle routes. At Lairg you have several woodland walks at Ferry Wood, Gunn’s Wood and around the ancient settlements at Ord Hill where there are the remains of brochs, chambered cairns, hut circles and cairns that can take your imagination back thousands of years to the people living and farming this land. You can watch salmon jumping at the Falls of Shin, or enjoy the facilities for all the family at the visitor centre.

Lairg has a railway station allowing you to visit the heart of the Scottish Highlands from anywhere in Britain using the train network. The 17-mile-long Loch Shin was created to provide hydroelectric power at the dam just above Lairg, with the smaller dam further downstream creating Little Loch Shin at Lairg and feeding the River Shin that eventually joins the River Oykel further downstream.

Lairg is an ideal spot to explore the highlands by bike, or walking, or driving the roads, as the area is surrounded by outstanding natural scenery. It is also an excellent location for a relaxing holiday where you can take short trips to coastal towns and villages on the north-east coast of Scotland with world renowned golf courses, castles and beautiful coastal scenery. Or a day trip to Inverness for shopping, cafés and restaurants.

Lairg village and Little Loch Shin

Lairg village and Little Loch Shin

Pictures of Lairg and surrounding area

Lairg and Little Loch Shin

Little Loch Shin and Lairg Village

Lairg in Sutherland Location Map

Lairg Location Map