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Lairg And Loch Shin Walk

1 miles (2.2 km)

The large village of Lairg is located in Sutherland in the Northern Highlands at the southern end of the beautiful Loch Shin.
This circular walk starts from the Ferrycroft Visitor Centre & Information Point on the western side of Little Loch Shin. The handy centre includes lawned gardens with wood carvings, seating and play area. From here you can follow footpaths through Ferry Wood to the impressive Loch Shin Hydro Dam.The impressive dam makes a fine photo with the backdrop of the surrounding hills.
To continue your walking around Lairg head south to visit the splendid Falls of Shin. Here you can look out for the leaping salmon and enjoy a woodland walk through the adjacent Shin Forest. The site also includes an informative visitor centre and a cafe.


IV27 4AZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Lairg OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Walks near Lairg

  • Falls of Shin - This circular walk visits the beautiful Falls of Shin in the north of Scotland
  • Ben Bhraggie - This circular walk climbs Ben Bhraggie hill in Golspie
  • Loch Brora - This beautiful loch is located a few miles north west of the coastal village of Brora in n the east ofSutherland, in theHighlandarea ofScotland
  • Loch Fleet - This walk visits the wonderful Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve near GolspieandDornoch.
  • Loch Assynt - This walk visits ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the shores of Loch Assynt near Lochinver, Sutherland
  • Eas a' Chual Aluinn - This walk takes you to the highest waterfall in Britain
  • LochinverRiver Walk - This pleasant riverside walk takes you along the River Inver in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland.
  • Dornoch to Embo - This walk follows a popular section of the John O' Groats Trail from Dornoch To Embo on the Sutherlandcoast.
  • Brora to Golspie - This walk follows a section of the John O' Groats trail from Brora to Golspie.


The Pier Cafe is in a fine location overlooking Loch Shin. They have a decking area where you can enjoy a delicious meal with fine views over the water. The cafe can be found at postcode IV27 4EG for your sat navs.


Little Loch Shin at Lairg - - 3952148

Little Loch Shin at Lairg

Loch Shin Hydro Dam - - 868499

Loch Shin Hydro Dam. Shin is Scotland’s most northerly hydro electric scheme. It utilises water from a 650 square kilometre catchment area in Sutherland, including Loch Shin, and water from the River Cassley and River Brora.

Countryside Centre at Lairg - - 4810384

Countryside Centre at Lairg. Two walks start from Ferrycroft, the first is the Ord Hill Archaeological Trail (hut circles, burnt mound, chambered cairns), the other walk is Ferrywood with a ruined broch, views of Shin Dam and lochside path. There are three separate display rooms covering “Water”, “Land” and “People” plus at times additional, temporary features (e.g. Local History Society). For the younger ones there is an animal hide and seek, colouring, “Nature Detective” questions and games.

Broon's hoose

Little Loch Shin and Broon's Hoos. Little Loch Shin lies directly in the centre of the village. It is a manmade loch created by the hydroelectric dam scheme, and is the home of the "Broon's hoose", a small, wooden dwelling on an islet. Loch Shin itself lies to the north of Lairg and is 17 miles (27km) long.

Loch Shin from Lairg - - 1254736

Loch Shin from Lairg. Loch Shin lies to the north of Lairg and is 17 miles (27km) long. Around the loch there are mountain ranges; the 3,273-foot (998-metre)Ben More Assyntin the west andBen Klibreck(3,154ft or 961m) to the east. The loch drains to theNorth Seaby way of the shortRiver Shinthat feeds into theDornoch FirthatBonar Bridge.

Lairg - - 2714638

Lairg is unusual in the northern Highlands in being a large settlement that is not on thecoast.

Lairg Station - - 5078676

Lairg railway stationlies on the picturesqueFar North Line, north ofInvershinand west ofRogart. It is managed byScotRail. Four Inverness toWickvia Thurso trains call here each way on weekdays and Saturdays (along with a fifth Inverness departure southbound in the early morning) and a single departure each way on Sundays.

Forest beside Loch Shin - - 408719

Forest beside Loch Shin


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