Halladale  Sutherland


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Halladale like this:

Halladale, a river of Reay parish, NE Sutherland. Rising at an altitude of 1200 feet above sea-level, close to the Caithness border and 4½ miles SSE of Forsinard station, it runs 221/8 miles north-north-westward and northward along Strath Halladale between ranges of hills, 500 to 747 feet high, till it falls into the North Sea at the Bay of Boghouse, to the E of Portskerry current is rapid till within 3 miles of its mouth, below which point it forms a chain of about ten pools, being tidal over the last 2 miles, yet navigable only by boats. ...

Its waters contain salmon, large sea-trout, and river trout; but the fishing-always uncertain-is rarely much worth except in spring. Tradition records that Halladha, son of Rognward, first Jar; of Orkney, was slain and buried in Strath Halladale, to which he bequeathed his name. The scene of the battle is towards the middle of the strath, near Dal-Halladha.—Ord. Sur., shs. 109, 115, 1878.

Additional information about this locality is available for Reay

Halladale through time

Halladale is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Halladale itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Halladale, in Highland and Sutherland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st May 2024

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