Loch Shin

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Loch Shin
Loch Shin.jpg
Location North West Scottish Highlands
Coordinates 58°6′N 4°32′W / 58.100°N 4.533°W / 58.100; -4.533Coordinates: 58°6′N 4°32′W / 58.100°N 4.533°W / 58.100; -4.533
Type freshwater loch, reservoir
Primary outflows River Shin
Basin countries Scotland
Max. length 17 mi (27.2 km)

Loch Shin (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Sìn, pronounced [ɫ̪ɔx ʃiːn]) is a loch in the Scottish North West Highlands. To the south is the small town of Lairg. The loch is the largest in Sutherland, runs from the north-west to the south-east and is 17 miles (27.2 kilometre) long.[1]

In the 1950s, the level of the loch was raised by over 30 feet (10 metres) by the construction of Lairg Dam[2] by Wimpey Construction as part of a hydro-electric scheme.[3]

Around the loch are some mountain ranges; the 3,273 foot (998 m) Ben More Assynt in the west and Ben Klibreck (3,154 feet/962 metre) to the east. The loch drains to the North Sea by way of the short River Shin that feeds into the Dornoch Firth.

Three miles to the north of Lairg is a monument to remember an early attempt to tame the Highlands. During the 1870s, the Duke of Sutherland ploughed up about 2,000 acres (8 km²), but the industry never rewarded that. Today the area around the loch is one of the major farming centres for sheep in Scotland.


  1. ^ "Shin, Loch". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lairg Power Station and Dam". RCAHMS. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  3. ^ White, p. 32


  • White, Valerie (1980). Wimpey: The first hundred years. George Wimpey. 

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