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The village expanded significantly from 1814 as the Strathnaver Clearances unfolded and people from the inland settlements were resettled in areas along the coast. Discover their story at Strathnaver Museum which explores why the people were removed from their settlements to plots of land on the coast.
A fishing station was established at the mouth of the River Naver as fishing became an important industry for the people to supplement their meagre living on the less productive coastal fringe. The River Naver was also an important salmon fishery in the 19th and 20th centuries. The River Naver is still a productive river and permits are available from The Store at Bettyhill. The fishing station buildings, ice house and pier can still be seen today and is one of the sites on the Strathnaver Trail; you can pick up a guide and trail map at the Strathnaver Museum.
Why not stroll along the white sandy beaches at Farr and Torrisdale. Discover the remains of brochs dotted along the Torrisdale shore and dune line. Or if you are after a bit more activity Farr Beach is a consistent and uncrowded place for a spot of surfing.
Photos on this page by Fiona Jack.