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Gaelic: Srathaidh
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Grid reference: NC841650
Location: 58°33’-0"N, 4°0’0"W
Post town: Thurso
Postcode: KW14
Dialling code: 01641
Local Government
Council: Highland
Caithness, Sutherland
and Easter Ross

Strathy is a scattered community in Sutherland. Its name is from the Gaelic Srathaidh, meaning 'place of the strath' (a broad valley). [1]

Strathy is on the north coast of Sutherland and thus of Great Britain, on the A836 road some twenty miles west of Thurso. The village itself includes at least three distinct areas:

  • Strathy East (on the right-hand side when passing through the village in the direction of Bettyhill, accessed by two roads leading towards Strathy Beach),
  • Strathy West (immediately to the south of Strathy East)
  • Strathy Point

These generally enclose the rest of the village, mainly comprising Steven Terrace. If welcoming signposts are taken to represent the limits of the village, Strathy is contained in these areas. However, some would say that Strathy also takes in the settlement of Baligill to the east, and also Brawl, Aultiphurst and Laidnagullin to the west, essentially the entire community found between the Baligill Burn and the Armadale 'Big' Burn.

The Church of Scotland kirk at Strathy strands prominently in position at the eastern entrance to the village.