In a forestry clearing in upper Strathnaver lie the remains of Rosal Township. Strathnaver was the scene of some of the most notorious events of the Highland Clearances.
In the early 19th century the Countess of Sutherland and her husband the Marquis of Stafford began a programme of improvements to the Sutherland estates. This involved converting the great glens of the county into large sheep farms.
To achieve this they cleared out hundreds of small tenant farmers and resettled them in new villages on the coast. The Marquis expected the farmers to learn new occupations such as fishing, cloth manufacture and brick-making. The tenants were rightly suspicious of their promised rosy new future, and were reluctant to move, but were given no choice.
The exact location of Rosal is grid reference NC 689 416.
Full details of visiting the site are on the Rosal web page. The walk is rated moderate. It is 2 miles long and takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
All sites managed by Forestry Commission Scotland are open for you to explore. However, not all sites have paths or signage and some are a considerable distance from car parking. We recommend that visitors consult a detailed map and wear appropriate clothing.
Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.