Towns & Villages

    Known as the crossroads to the north, the peaceful village of Lairg is beautifully nestled on the southern shores of Loch Shin.

    The village boasts a great location for a Highland escape offering visitors lush green hills and snow capped mountains and makes a great gateway to the wild region of Sutherland, often referred to as the last great wilderness of Europe.

    The roads leading out from Lairg to the north of Scotland travel through glens, past many crofting settlements and offer rugged and romantic landscapes surrounded by an array of native wildlife while 4 miles south of the town is the Falls of Shin, one of the best places in Scotland to see salmon leaping on their upstream migration. The season for salmon returning to spawn is from June to September. Also every August, Lairg hosts an annual lamb sale, the biggest one-day livestock market in Europe, when sheep from all over the north of Scotland are bought and sold.

    The largest loch in Sutherland, Loch Shiel, runs north west from Lairg for a distance of 17 miles and is a reservoir for the Shin Hydro-Electric Scheme.

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