Whilst we hope to promote the North Coast 500 as a designated route path across the North Highlands of Scotland, we really want everyone to explore the places in and near the route too! There are hundreds of things to see and do that require that extra mile in order to experience!
In a series of blog posts we will explore the villages and towns that you should really get ‘off the beaten track’ to discover. In our first blog post 'Off the beaten track: Episode 1' in the 'Blogs' page of the website, we look at the things to see and do around Sutherland that requires that little bit more petrol to get to. Here are just a few!
The water falls at Shin are spectacular on their own but the sight of leaping salmon makes them even more special. Did you know that the Falls of Shin is recognised as being one of the best places in all of Scotland to watch leaping Atlantic Salmon!? The fish can be seen anytime between May and November, although later summer months increase the chances of a sighting.
Priding themselves on serving the freshest of local produce, the award-winning Pier Café is guaranteed to have exactly what you are looking for all year round. For summer months sit outside overlooking the loch and in the winter sit inside by the log burner. You can also hire a pedalo (or 2) to take out on the lake. Monday is the only day that they take a day off, check their website for opening times around your visit to make sure you don’t miss out on visiting here!
A threatened landscape, peatlands have vanished across much of Scotland, but the RSPB is helping to preserve this vital area of internationally important habitat. Summer is the time to visit, when golden plovers, hen harriers and greenshanks breed. Why not go on a guided bog walk to get up close to the fascinating flora and fauna? You'll see carnivorous plants like sundew and butterwort, as well as creepy crawlies like great diving beetles. The visitor centre also has games and activities for children.
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