Lairg (, meaning "the shank/shin") is a village and parish in Sutherland, Scotland. It has a population of about 900 and is at the south-eastern end of Loch Shin.
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 ), on what is now the Far North Line. This development means that the north west of Sutherland is now easier to access. (The Far North Line links Inverness in the south with Thurso and Wick in the north.)
Usage examples of "lairg".
I pointed to the west where the mountainous shore-line, not five miles away yet barely visible through the driving rain and low scudding cloud, ran in an almost sheer drop from the head of Loch Lairg to the entrance to Torbay Sound.
He had an air of slightly drunken resentment as if he felt he were meant for better things and better places than the Lairg sheep sale.
It was from the owner of a hotel fifteen miles away on the Lairg road, complaining he had been burgled the night before.
He did not want to think of her skidding into a ditch on the Lairg road.
As she turned up the River Shin towards Lairg, she could see she was entering the north-west Highlands proper, with sudden vistas opening ahead of rounded hills brown with heather, their rocky outcroppings grey and random.
Chapter 56 Caroline looked at the police constable behind the counter in the Lairg police station and despaired.
Our car climbed on the A836 as we continued our journey south toward Lairg through some of the emptiest land imaginable, but it was surpassingly beautiful at the same time.
There had been a lot of petty theft over towards Lairg, tools lifted from garden sheds, things like that.
Hamish, realizing all the business about Morag had delayed his visit to Lairg, drove over there to see if he could find out anything.
He dropped in at the croft houses at Rhianbrech outside Lairg but no one there had seen anything, then past the station, always looking right and left.
Then he went back through Lairg and out on the Lochinver road, cursing the rapidly failing light.
But exhausting as the train ride was, it was as nothing when compared to the last stages of the trip which they made, first by public carrier to Lairg, then onward in the family brougham that had been sent from Dunphaedair to meet them.
Angus, the stable boy, rides into Lairg at least once a week to collect the mail.
The stable boy would pick it up and take it along to Lairg to mail on his weekly trip there.
It remained to see whether the police at Lairg agreed with my conjecture, and it was to ascertain this that I was now flowing there.