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Lairg, This is a small Sutherland village, it is at the southern tip of Loch Shin, 16 miles long  it acts as a junction of five roads and has a railway station. Evidence of a long history of continuous habitation is seen at Auchinduich, south of Lairg, where one of the largest chambered cairns found in Scotland was once excavated.

If you choose a route that isn't along the shore when you're travelling in this region of Scotland, there's a good chance that you'll end up passing through Lairg at some point. In this sense, the town serves as a kind of junction for the region. Lairg may not be as jam-packed with things to see and do as its neighbours to the east and west, but you shouldn't let that deter you from stopping by while you're in the area. It is comprised of a patchwork of woodlands, moorland, and crofts. You can find one of Scotland's most breathtaking natural wonders and an unexpected geological landmark not far from the settlement...

The opportunity to witness Atlantic salmon climbing the waterfalls at the Falls of Shin is probably the most compelling incentive to pay a visit to the region. You can witness these wonderful fish make its voyage upstream to spawn roughly between the months of April and October, although the later months are the best for spotting them jumping. Lairg lies less than 5 miles away from where you may see them making this journey. A observation platform provides breathtaking vistas of the waterfall, and a tourist centre located nearby serves delectable fare if you can pull yourself away long enough to enjoy it.

Some miles to the east, through Strath Fleet, is Rogart, a scattered crofting com­munity that boasts the memorial to Sir John Alexander Macdonald (1815-91), the first Prime Minister of Canada, whose family originated in the area. The town of Lairg is located on Little Loch Shin, which is famed for a miniature model cottage known as "Broon's Hoose" that was built on a small island within the loch. An sophisticated hoax played on the BBC resulted in the news organisation spreading the false rumour that it had been constructed in 1824 by a local poacher named Jock Broon, who had been given land by a laird in exchange for teaching the laird how to distil whisky. Jock Broon did not exist. In point of fact, it was constructed for a party some two decades ago, and after the event, it was abandoned on the island. The fact that Lairg is located on the site of the world's 15th largest impact crater may be the most peculiar aspect of the town's claim to fame, notwithstanding the leaping salmon and Broon's Hoose. The 'Lairg gravity low' is a hypothesised impact crater that spans 25 miles in width and dates back 1.2 billion years.

The town of Lairg is located on Little Loch Shin, which is famed for a miniature model cottage known as "Broon's Hoose" that was built on a small island within the loch. An sophisticated hoax played on the BBC resulted in the news organisation spreading the false rumour that it had been constructed in 1824 by a local poacher named Jock Broon, who had been given land by a laird in exchange for teaching the laird how to distil whisky. Jock Broon did not exist. In point of fact, it was constructed for a party some two decades ago, and after the event, it was abandoned on the island.

The fact that Lairg is located on the site of the world's 15th largest impact crater may be the most peculiar aspect of the town's claim to fame, notwithstanding the leaping salmon and Broon's Hoose. The 'Lairg gravity low' is a hypothesised impact crater that spans 25 miles in width and dates back 1.2 billion years.

The landscape features natural forests, forest paths, moorland, and lochs, all of which make for various walking opportunities around the region. The five-mile walk along Loch Migdale, which passes through beautiful mixed woods and has spectacular views across the lochs and of the hills rising beyond them, comes highly recommended by us.

The actual village, despite its size, contains a number of bed and breakfasts, cafes, and stores.

  • Lairg Geolocation Latitude 58.022058 Longitude -4.402414
  • Lairg Postcode IV27
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