Lairg (Scottish Gaelic: An Luirg, meaning "the shank/shin")[1] is a village and parish in Sutherland, Scotland.[2] It has a population of 891[3] and is at the south-eastern end of Loch Shin.


Location within the Sutherland area
Population891 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceNC582064
 Edinburgh150 mi (241 km)
 London481 mi (774 km)
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLAIRG
Postcode districtIV27
Dialling code01549
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
58.02°N 4.40°W / 58.02; -4.40
The village of Lairg

Lairg is unusual in the northern Highlands, if not unique, in being a large settlement that is not on the coast. One of the reasons that Lairg is slightly bigger than other non-coastal Highland villages is its central location within the county of Sutherland. Having four roads which meet in the village, it used to be known as "The Crossroads of the North". In the 19th century, it was provided with a railway station (at NC582039), on what is now the Far North Line. This development means that the north-west of Sutherland is now easier to reach. (The Far North Line links Inverness in the south with Thurso and Wick in the north.)

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