Are you planning a trip to Sutherland? If you are, make sure you don’t miss out on these five top things to do!
1. Smoo Cave
The Smoo Caves are located just beside Durness in the far north of Scotland. These fascinating caves are made of three sections, with one of the biggest sea cave entrances in Britain and a 20ft waterfall in the middle chamber. While visiting you can also get a short boat ride past the waterfall and into the third section of the cave only accessible by boat.
2. Dunrobin Castle
You can’t visit Sutherland and not visit Dunrobin Castle. Once home to the Duke of Sutherland this gorgeous stately home is full of traditional furnishings fit for, well, a Duke. The castle is surrounded by extremely well-manicured gardens, make sure you stop by at the right time to see the birds of prey demonstration and enjoy the delicious range of cakes and coffee in the café.
3. Falls of Shin
Take a day trip up to the Falls of Shin, watch the salmon leaping up the waterfalls, then head up to the stunning restaurant that is shaped like a salmon. Walkthrough the forest, playing games along the way. Have a play in the fantastic park, even get a round of mini-golf in! There are so many things to see and do while at Falls of Shin, it really is worth the visit!
4. Whaligoe Steps
This 330 Step challenge is certainly worth it, the views on this walk are simply stunning, all the way down to the natural harbour between the two rock faces. You will certainly deserve a treat after climbing all the way back up so be sure to visit the Whaligoe steps café and restaurant at the top.
5. Loch Fleet
Loch Fleet is located between Dornoch and Golspie. As you’re driving around Loch Fleet you can see Highland cows and if you’re passing at the right time you’ll see the seals basking in the sun. Loch Fleet is also the perfect place to go Kayaking with calm flat water and a stunning 360° view.
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Thinking about staying on the east coast of Sutherland? We’ve got the best place for you! Golspie is a stunning small village with some of the most exciting things to see and do on the north coast, here are five things you should see when you are visiting.
You can’t visit
Sutherland and not visit Dunrobin Castle. Once home to the duke of Sutherland
this gorgeous stately home is full of traditional furnishings fit for, well, a
Duke. The castle is surrounded by extremely well-manicured gardens, make sure
you stop by at the right time to see the birds of prey demonstration and enjoy
the delicious range of cakes and coffee in the café.
For a bit of a
challenge you could climb up the Ben, not only is it a stunning backdrop for
the village of Golspie but it also provides simply incredible views from the
top, get a birds-eye view of Golspie, and the Dornoch firth, on a good day you
can look all the way out to Portmahomack and see the lighthouse flashing across
the sea. Make sure to bring a sweet snack for the Duke of Sutherland at the
Big Burn Walk
alongside the big burn, through the trees, over bridges and surrounded by
nature until you get to a waterfall you only see in fairytales. This is a
fantastic walk for kids, with plenty to see on the way. Stop for a picnic on
one of the many benches along the way, and if you feel like you’re up for more
adventure take one of the many paths that lead on further, just remember your
This iron age broch
lies roughly halfway between Golspie and Brora. The walls are very
well-preserved and at 12ft high, you can see the layout to this day. This
ancient site is well worth the visit, bring the kids along and spend the
afternoon living in the iron age.
Golspie Golf Club
Come to Golspie to
play beautiful James Braid links course. Try not to be too intimidated with the
Duke of Sutherland statue watching you from atop of the Ben Bhraggie hill. No
matter the season you will enjoy the scenic views from every point of this
course, from the sea to the hills, to the quaint village of Golspie itself.
Afterward, come in and enjoy a well-deserved drink in the clubhouse.