Welcome to the Parish of Altnaharra and Farr
Minister: Rev. Dr. Beverly White Cushman
The Church of Scotland Parish of Altnaharra and Farr forms the western half of the civil parish of Farr in North Sutherland, itself in the extreme north of the part of Scotland administered by Highland Council. The area we serve extends to more than 200 square miles, consisting mostly of moorland and mountain, with the bulk of the population concentrated in the crofting townships of Bettyhill, Kirtomy and Farr, linked to Altnaharra by the great valley of Strathnaver with croft holdings, hill sheep farms, forestry plantations and deer forest strung along its length. On the coast, washed by the waves of the North Atlantic, are great beaches of white sand divided by precipitous headlands, and this amalgam is widely recognised as of outstanding natural beauty, valued on a European scale. While its historical significance is mainly recognised from its association with the infamous Sutherland Clearances, it has been a home to man for more than seven thousand years, as indicated by its rich archaeological heritage, and has a powerful Christian connection stretching backwards to at least to the 8th Century.