Lochcarron (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Carrann) is a village, community and civil parish in the Wester Ross area of Highland, Scotland. It has a population of 923.[2]

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Lochcarron is located in Ross and Cromarty
Location within the Ross and Cromarty area
Population893 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNG857387
Community council
  • Lochcarron
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLochcarron
Postcode districtIV54
Dialling code01520
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
57°24′00″N 5°30′00″W / 57.4000°N 5.5000°W / 57.4000; -5.5000Coordinates: 57°24′00″N 5°30′00″W / 57.4000°N 5.5000°W / 57.4000; -5.5000


The name Lochcarron is also applied to the collection of small settlements strung out along Loch Carron, a sea loch on the west coast of Ross and Cromarty. The village stretches for almost 2 miles (3 kilometres), meandering along the shore of the loch. It means "Loch of rough water". In the 19th Century the village was named Janetown, then Jeantown.[3] The local newspaper, An Carrannach, is published on a monthly basis.

Lochcarron is a central location for hillwalking and touring the West Coast Highlands, including the Torridon, Plockton and Skye regions. Close to the village lies the Bealach na Bà road (Gaelic: Pass of the cattle), which links the town of Applecross to the rest of the mainland. It is a road popular with tourists, drivers, and motorcyclists alike for its scenery and hairpin bends.[citation needed]


Lochcarron contains a variety of local services. These include two petrol stations, a Spar shop (which has a Post Office counter), a Highland Council service point (located at library), a nursing home (attached to which is the local library), medical centre and tartan weaving factory.[citation needed]

There are also two hotels (offering entertainment and meals),[citation needed] a restaurant and two cafés. The community hall hosts a number of public events including ceilidhs and sales; and sports such as indoor bowls and short tennis.[citation needed]

There are a number of self catering and bed and breakfast establishments, many of which are members of the local business association.[4]


The local primary school stands at the entrance to the village, with 43 pupils (as of December 2019). The primary school offers both English and Gaelic Medium education. Plockton High School is the nearest secondary school to Lochcarron.[5]


The area's biggest employment sectors include tourism, crofting, and fish farming.[citation needed] Other employers include transportation via sea and road, and quarry work. Service industries include engineering, motor garages, health services and education. The Howard Doris Centre employs people in the care sector.[citation needed]

Sport and recreationEdit

Sailing is a popular activity amongst the local and visiting population, and as such, a local RYA accredited, and Volvo Championship Club hosts free sailing sessions every Wednesday evening (between April and October), and racing sessions every Sunday afternoon. It currently enlists over 100 members.[6]

Lochcarron is home to the local shinty team Lochcarron Camanachd. The team currently play their home games at Battery Park in the west end of the village. The playing field is used during the week for training, and knockabout sessions.[citation needed]

There is a 9-hole course in the area which is over 150 years old.[citation needed] The golf club's clubhouse offers catering facilities and golf clubs available to hire.[citation needed]

The nearby Attadale hosts an annual Highland Games every third Saturday of July.



  1. ^ "Scotland's Census 2011: Civil Parish of Lochcarron". National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ General Register Office for Scotland : Census 2001 : Usual Resident Population : Lochcarron Civil Parish Archived 2012-03-07 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2009-11-18
  3. ^ John E Wilson. The Gazetteer of Scotland. Heritage Books. p. 247. ISBN 9781888265071.
  4. ^ "Lochcarron and District Business Association". Lochcarron and District Business Association.
  5. ^ "Schools - Lochcarron Primary". Highland Council. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Lochcarron Sailing Club - Home". lochcarronsailing.com.