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TITLE
Main Street in Lairg
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0183
PLACENAME
Lairg
DISTRICT
Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Lairg
DATE OF IMAGE
PERIOD
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32080
KEYWORDS
Far North Line
railways
sheep
sheep auctions
Main Street in Lairg

This postcard shows Main Street in the town of Lairg in Sutherland. Lairg sits at the south end of Loch Shin and is traditionally known as the gateway to the Northern Highlands being the meeting point of roads to the north, south, east and west.

It has a population of about 900 and is unique in the Highlands in being the only moderately sized town not situated on the coast. This was partly due to the building of a railway station at Lairg during the 1800s. The Far North Line linked Inverness to Thurso and Wick. Today, the town is an important centre for sheep sales, holding some of the largest sheep auctions in Europe

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Main Street in Lairg

SUTHERLAND: Lairg

Far North Line; railways; sheep; sheep auctions

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Main Street in the town of Lairg in Sutherland. Lairg sits at the south end of Loch Shin and is traditionally known as the gateway to the Northern Highlands being the meeting point of roads to the north, south, east and west.<br /> <br /> It has a population of about 900 and is unique in the Highlands in being the only moderately sized town not situated on the coast. This was partly due to the building of a railway station at Lairg during the 1800s. The Far North Line linked Inverness to Thurso and Wick. Today, the town is an important centre for sheep sales, holding some of the largest sheep auctions in Europe