Lairg Scottish Gaelic: An Luirg
Lairg shown within the Sutherland area
Population 700 OS grid reference Council area Highland Lieutenancy area Sutherland Country Scotland Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town LAIRG Postcode district IV27 Dialling code 01549 Police Northern Fire Highlands and Islands Ambulance Scottish EU Parliament Scotland UK Parliament Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Scottish Parliament Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross List of places: UK • Scotland •
It is unusual in the northern Highlands, if not unique, in being a sizeable settlement that is not on the coast. Its relatively large size for Sutherland is partly due to its having being provided during the 19th century with a railway station (at NC582039), on what is now called the Far North Line, the hope being that it would "open up" the north-west of Sutherland. (The Far North Line links Inverness in the south with Thurso and Wick in the north.)
The areas to the north and west of Lairg are very sparsely populated, crossed by just three single track roads.
Current proposals reviewing rail routes to the north of Inverness include the creation of a direct rail link to the town of Dornoch via a new bridge and an old branch line, which would leave Lairg isolated on a circuitous alternative loop away from the main route. The idea is to enable very fast trains to serve the remote towns of Thurso and Wick in reasonable time, and establish a viable connection with the Caledonian Sleeper at Inverness, to make business in these centres more viable, although reducing Lairg's connections to a "slow service" might well be detrimental to the local economy. However, given the huge costs involved in constructing a rail crossing over the Dornoch Firth and the complete lack of enthusiasm for the project from the Scottish government it seems extremely unlikely that this proposal will ever become reality.[original research?]
People associated with Lairg
- Sir James Matheson (1796–1878), entrepreneur
- Stuart Lockhart (Mayor)
- Rev. John Forbes (Free Church Minister)
- ^ Humphreys, Rob, Reid, Donald (2004). The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands and Islands (3 ed.). Rough Guides. p. 307. ISBN 1843532697. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=liQ6NSbvomwC&pg=PA307&dq=lairg+sheep&hl=en&ei=SR7ATODbI4SE5Aaui8mUDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=lairg%20sheep&f=false.
- ^ Google. Google Maps (Map).
- Photographs of Lairg
- Lairg local community web site
- Lairg page at Undiscovered Scotland
- Lairg caravan park
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