The Ord.

Start. Lairg ( Ferrycroft Countryside Centre).

Route. Lairg (Ferrycroft Countryside Centre)- Ord Place - The Ord - Ord Place - Lairg (Ferrycroft Countryside Centre).

Notes. People have lived in the Lairg area for over 5,000 years and evidence of their occupation is still visible in the landscape. On the Ord Archaeology Trail, you can discover the Neolithic chambered cairns built by the first farmers, who cleared the land, and the foundations of roundhouses from the Bronze and Iron Age period. It’s a short hill walk with open views over Lairg and Loch Shin. Come along I need your eyes because for the life of me I couldn't make out half the features we passed.

The trail starts to the left of the Ferrycroft Countryside Centre, through scrub behind the houses of Ord Place we walked before swinging up the hill, I guess we passed a number of Iron Age and Bronze Age features as we ascended. One thing for sure you can’t miss the Free-view transmitter, next to which a chambered cairn stands. It's thought this was a burial chamber for the whole community and dates from over 5000 years ago. To the left a number of upright stones on the summit itself, these are the remains of another chambered cairn and have a magnificent view along Loch Shin towards  Ben Klibreck.

The path then looped around the hill descending to join the path we walked in on, all that remained, to re-trace our steps back to the Countryside Centre.

view route map.


Not on our route but we had to pay it a visit, The Wee Hoose. It's not the beauty of Little Loch Shin that draws the eye but this tiny cottage built on an island just a little bigger than itself. With rustic slate roof and an old wooden door, the building’s origins are ripe for speculation. Signs by the shoreline explain the ‘real’ story starting with whisky distiller Jock Broon being gifted the island by a local laird, following a hunting accident. In fact, locals built the house for a Gala and decided it was not right to throw it away. And so a legend was born, one that continues fooling the media to this day. Actually Broon's House was larger, the island was larger with a causeway to the shore, 1959 saw the completion of a hydro scheme which raised the level of the loch.

The Ord as seen over Little Loch Shin.

The houses of Lairg seen from the lower slopes of The Ord.

Grey on the far horizon, Ben Kilbreck rises above Loch Shin.

Ascending The Ord looking back towards Lairg and Cnoc Moine na Cailinn.

A prominent feature on The Ord this Chambered Cairn, a burial site for people whom farmed the hillside in the Bronze Age.

A last resting place with a view.

A few standing stones are all that remain of the oldest cairn on The Orb, over 5.000 years ago this was the place the leaders and their families were laid to rest, later generations have systematically dismantled the cairn to build other burial cairns or even round houses.

5.000 years of history here on the summit of The Ord.

Looking down on Little Loch Shin from the site of some round houses, I'm affraid my imagination doesn't stretch that far.

Views south down the Achany Glen.

This heather covered mound is the remains of a type of communal cooking place known as a burnt mound.

Views back up The Ord, sneaking into shot (top right) part of the Free-view transmitter that now dominates the hill top.

back to top

back to list