By Thurso, KW14 7SS
Taigh-Tasgaidh Shrath Nabhair
The Farr Stone
Clach na Faraird
A finely-worked upright Pictish cross slab probably dating from between 800 and 850 AD with an intricate Celtic cross and two intertwined birds. It stands in the grounds surrounding Strathnaver Museum, a site that has a long Christian tradition
The Museum building is the former Parish Church of Columba on the outskirts of the village of Bettyhill – a religious site dating back centuries.
Strathnaver Museum opened its doors to the public in 1976 thanks to a dedicated band of local people who recognised the importance of preserving their history for the benefit of themselves and generations to come. A visit to Strathnaver Museum is a journey through Strathnaver’s mystical past, from the emergence of the Clan Mackay to the tragedy of the Highland Clearances.
Please note: Strathnaver Museum is currently undergoing a major refurbishment/expansion with work due for completion in April 2023. Until then, the main museum building will be closed but temporary pop-up exhibitions and events are planned. Please see the museum’s website for further information. Access to the Farr Stone is unlikely to be affected during the building works but please contact the museum to check in advance if you are travelling from a distance specifically to see the stone.
This impressive large stone – over seven feet high – is intricately carved with interlacing patterns. The ringed Celtic cross demonstrates the influence of St Columba and the Christian church that spread across north Pictland as far as the north coast. The two intertwined birds at the foot of the cross might be swans which were often a symbol of faithfulness as swans tend to mate for life. Another suggestion is that they are doves, a symbol of friendship.
After your visit, why not follow the Strathnaver Trail https://www.strathnavermuseum.org.uk/strathnaver-trail/ (trail guide available at the museum) to experience the area’s rich archaeology and historic sites at first hand?
Accessibility and amenities
Visit website for opening hours
Tel: 01641 521 418
Cafe and shop
Less than 100m from parking
Baby changing facilities
Wheelchair access to building
The ground floor of the museum is accessible to wheelchair users. A tablet is available for a virtual tour of the exhibitions upstairs.