Naver  Sutherland


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

Naver, a lake and a river of Farr parish, Sutherland. Lying 247 feet above sea-level, and commencing near Altnaharrow inn, 21 miles N by W of Lairg station and 17 S by W of Tongue, Loch Naver extends 6¼. miles east-north-eastward, and has a maximum breadth of 4¼ furlongs. Its depth in some parts is 30 fathoms, and Benclibrick rises from its southern shore to a height of 3154 feet. ...

It receives at its head the River of Mudale, is fed by sixteen other streams and rivulets and contains near its SE shore a tiny islet, on which is a circular Pictish tower, built of large stones without any cement. Its waters are stocked with salmon, grilse, sea-trout, and trout, but, whilst the trout-fishing is poor, 52 salmon have been killed by a single rod in seven weeks. Parts of the shore are pebbly, others rocky and sandy. The surrounding scenery is of great beauty. The immediate banks are well tufted with natural wood, and the surface behind rises generally into abrupt rocks or low hills, but soars on the S into alpine Benclibrick, the second highest mountain in Sutherland, whilst the backgrounds to E and W are formed by the grand summits of Kildonan and the Reay country.

The river Naver (the Nabarus of Ptolemy) issues from the foot of Loch Naver, and winds 187/8 miles north-byeastward through broad green meadows or between steep birch-clad slopes, till it falls into Torrisdale Bay, 9 furlongs W of Bettyhill of Farr. It is joined, ½ mile below its mouth, by the Abhainn a' Mhail Aird, running 7½ miles north-by-eastward from Loch Corr, and, lower down, by forty-six lesser streams and rivulets. The Naver, as a salmon river, is the earliest and by far the best of all the rivers in the N of Sutherland, its six 'beats' letting each for £100 a year. Its vale, Strathnaver, the finest strath perhaps in the county, contains a considerable extent of fertile haughland, a mixture of sand, gravel, and moss, which for many years prior to 1820 was cultivated by upwards of 300 families. But since the famous Sutherland 'evictions,' brought freshly to mind by Prof. Blackie and Mr Sellar, Strathnaver has been wholly pastoral.—Ord. Sur., shs. 108, 109, 115, 114, 1878-80.

Naver through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 24th May 2024

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