Sutherland Adventure & Attractions

Exciting things to see and do during your visit to Sutherland.


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North Coast Leisure Centre

North Coast Leisure Centre is a small community owned leisure facility situated in Bettyhill. Our facilities include 12.5 x 6m pool, sauna, spa, fitness suite and MUGA pitch. Available for hire
Munro Place, Bettyhill, KW14 7SS
Tel: 01641521400
Email: info@northcoastleisurecentre.co.uk

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Hamlet Mountaineering

Hamlet Mountaineering offers you a chance to experience the nest the North West Highlands has to offer. Canoeing, Sea kayaking, Rock climbing and guided walks.
Free Church Manse, Achiltbuie, IV26 2YG
Tel: 01854 622754

Achininver Beach

A small, quiet beach with stunning views to the Summer Isles, reached by a short, well defined path past the hostel.
Achininver Beach

Achmelvich Beach

Achmelvich lies 3 miles north west of Lochinver, and 40 miles north of Ullapool, in the north west of the Scotland, accessed by single track road. Achmelvich bay is a great place to see black- and red-throated divers, with occasional sightings of great-northern divers in winter. There have been numerous sightings of porpoises, dolphins, and the occasional minke whale, as well as a stunning white sand beach, an ideal spot for water sports or even rock pool fishing.
Achmelvich Beach

Armadale Bay

Armadale beach is a half kilometre stretch of sand. The beach is at its best during the summer, which attracts surfers and body boarders, but the best time to go surfing is late August-October. The rocks surrounding the bay are excellent for rock pooling and climbing. The beach is accessible by either Armadale itself, or parking near the eastern bridge, and heading down a small track.
Armadale Bay

Assynt Fly Fishing

"A guide who takes you fishing”, not just “A fishing guide”! Stewart, a fully qualified guide and coach has over thirty years of local knowledge, experience and stories to share!
Assynt Fly Fishing

Balblair Mountain Bike Trail

If you're looking for a mountain bike challenge, or peaceful walks to a pond where beasties lurk, this hidden gem is worth seeking out. You can explore its sunny forest glades and high rocky slabs on bike, foot or horseback. There's a sense of wild country on the tops, with views west and east over the hills, while deep in the forest you'll find sheltered clearings full of wildflowers and berries.
Balblair Mountain Bike Trail

Balnakeil Bay

Balnakeil Bay, white sandy beach is wide and backed by a large area of tall sand dunes covered in marram grass. To the north is Faraid Head, home to military installations connected with the naval gunnery ranges towards Cape Wrath. The walk to the end of Faraid Head and back is a magnificent one. This is definitely a beach for those looking for unspoilt beauty at a cost of no facilities.
Balnakeil Bay

Brora Beach

Brora beach is a small golden sandy beach with Jurassic rocks and sloping sea front. This rural and unspoilt beach, situated within the village of Brora, is great for wildlife watching. You can sometimes see dolphins, minke whales, and grey and common seals off the coastline, which makes it an ideal place for walking and picnics. There are benches on the seafront too.
Brora Beach

Brora Golf Club

With the exception of the short sixth, the outward nine holes follow the contour of Kintradwell Bay in the foreground, with a backdrop of the Sutherland foothills from Ben Bhraggie to the west, away to the Ord of Caithness in the north-east.
Brora Golf Club

Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath is the most north-westerly point on mainland Britain. To get to cape wrath you must go by minibus and then ferry, as there are no direct roads there. From Cape Wrath you can see both the Orkney Islands and the Western Isles.
Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath Ferry

The Cape Wrath Ferry Service runs 7 days per week May to September allowing visitors to go to Cape Wrath Lighthouse and see the natural beauty of north west Sutherland. The ferry sets off from the pier at Keodale to the lighthouse at Cape Wrath.
Cape Wrath Ferry

Cape Wrath Mini Bus

The Cape Wrath Mini Bus service will pick you up from the ferry after you have crossed the Kyle of Durness. They are the only vehicular access available to the public and will take you to the lighthouse at Cape Wrath where you can enjoy the wildlife and beauty of this remote part of Sutherland.
Cape Wrath Mini Bus

Carnegie Golf Cub

Golf is Skibo's principal passion and it will come as no surprise that the club is home to one of the finest of Scotland's championship links courses with 6,833 yards of golfing genius to whet the appetite of any keen player. The club can also boast former Open Winner, Paul Lawrie as an Ambassador. The Carnegie Links now offers limited access to non residents, with two 4 balls offered Monday through Friday during the summer months.
Carnegie Golf Cub

Ceannabeinne Beach

Sited underneath Beinn Ceannabeinne, a mountain with an elevation of three hundred and eighty three metres, is the beautiful sand of Ceannabeinne. A steep grassy slope gives access to this stretch and when the tide is fully out access to little remote inlets are easily available.
Ceannabeinne Beach

Clachtoll Beach

Clachtoll Baech is a small beach close to the small fishing village of Clachtoll. The beautiful white sand beach with turquoise water makes for a amazing spot to visit on your NC500 tour. From the headlands either side of the beach you gain stunning mountain views to the south. For many this would be enough in itself to make the journey worthwhile.
Clachtoll Beach

Clashnessie Beach

Clashnessie Bay is a small sandy beach with a mild microclimate, due to the closeness of the Atlantic Ocean Gulf Stream.
Clashnessie Beach

Dornoch Beach

This beautiful long sandy beach backed by dunes is only a mile from the centre of Dornoch. It stretches south from the rocks at Dornoch Point, where there is shelter on a windy day, to the mouth of the Dornoch Firth. This fine long blue flag beach has been given a Seaside Award status as a clean bathing beach.
Dornoch Beach

Drumbeg Viewpoint

A viewpoint with a car park has been constructed at the west end of village and from here you can take in the magnificent seascapes to the north.
Drumbeg Viewpoint

Durness Golf Club

Officially recognised as a nine hole course, but with a second set of very different tees Durness plays like a traditional 18 holes. Being situated in North West Sutherland golfers are ensured spectacular scenery and a closeness to nature. They can enjoy their game in tranquil surroundings at an affordable price.
Durness Golf Club

Eas a' Chual Aluinn - Britain's Highest Waterfall

his rough walk takes you into the heart of Assynt's rocky landscape, past pretty lochans and streams to reach the top of Britain's highest waterfall, Eas a' Chual Aluinn. The route leads to the best vantage point near the top of the falls, although the entire drop into the deep glen below cannot be seen.
Eas a

Eilean Hoan

The island in the mouth of Loch Eriboll, Eilean Hoan is leased by the RSPB and has been managed as a nature reserve since 1975. Ruins of homesteads are obvious but it was last occupied in the early 1800s.
Eilean Hoan

Embo Beach

This broad beach of golden sand stretches north from the village of Embo to the mouth of the River Fleet. Behind the beach there is a network of paths through the high sand dunes, a good place to see the spectacular burnet rose. Located near the Dornoch Firth, this beautiful and clean sandy beach has free parking and facilities that include toilets with shops nearby.
Embo Beach

Falls of Kirkcaig

This popular walk, within the Assynt Foundation estate, gives superb views of River Kirkaig and the 20m (60 feet) waterfall, as well as the mountain Suilven.
Falls of Kirkcaig

Falls of Shin

The water falls at Shin would be spectacular on their own, but the sight of leaping salmon makes them even more special and something not to be missed. Falls of Shin is recognised as being one of the best places in all of Scotland to watch leaping Atlantic Salmon, and the fish can be seen anytime between May and November, with the late summer months making this almost guaranteed.
Falls of Shin

Faraid Head

Explore the beautiful sandy beaches and dunes of Faraid Head just west of Durness, with good views over Cape Wrath and lots of nesting seabirds on the cliffs and grey seals at the right time of year.
Faraid Head

Farr Bay

Farr Bay is a sheltered, white sandy beach only a short walk from the main road. Near Bettyhill on the north coast, Farr Bay is a stunning white sandy beach with plenty to see and do. The breathtaking scenery hosts an abundance of wildlife including, otters, seals, golden eagles and thriving seabird colonies. The beach is perfect for water sports, including kayaking, surfing and body boarding. There is a horse trekking centre which provides beach rides.
Farr Bay

Go Wild Highlands

Based in Lairg in East Sutherland we are a small, family run company running small group tours on land and water looking for some of Scotland's iconic wildlife and visiting some of the most important cultural and historical sites relating to the Highland Clearances. If you fancy something really different,we also offer open canoe trips down the Kyle of Sutherland. This slow moving, easy river is ideal for the beginner or anyone looking for a relaxed adventure rich in wildlife, scenery & history
Go Wild Highlands

Golden Eagle Zip Lines Ltd

The only zip line in the Northern Highlands of Scotland. Customers will enjoy a zip line flight across one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland 35 metres above the ground with speeds of up to 40MPH and a fantastic view looking across the Atlantic Ocean.
Golden Eagle Zip Lines Ltd

Golspie Beach

Golspie North Beach is a typical gradually curved long east coast beach with a mixture of golden sands and shingle. Panoramic views across the Moray Firth make it an excellent destination for long beach and coastal walks.
Golspie Beach

Golspie Golf Club

1Golspie Golf Course designed by James Braid is situated on the Dornoch Firth with a beguiling mix of classic links, heath and parkland holes. The course has stunning views from all holes of the Dornoch Firth on one side and the backdrop of Ben Bhraggie on the other. The Par 70 course offers an excellent golfing experience whether you are a plus 1 handicapper or an enthusiastic beginner.
Golspie Golf Club

Handa Island

Magnificent Torridonian sandstone cliffs rise from the Atlantic on the north west coast of Handa Island. Each summer, nearly 100,000 seabirds breed here, including internationally important numbers of guillemots, razorbills and great skuas. These dramatic cliffs provide stunning ocean panoramas. Handa Island can be visited by Ferr from the end of March through to September.
Handa Island

Helmsdale Golf Club

Overlooking its famous salmon river - on which His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is a regular angler - the nine hole Helmsdale course will give you a quaint change from the demands of seaside links. Facing south on the hillside of the Strath of Kildonan, the nine holes wind their way through bracken, gorse and broom and are a picture in the springtime and early summer.
Helmsdale Golf Club

Highland Shooting Centre

From the complete novice right up to experienced shooters "traditionally ran with a technological twist" all firearms are supplied and used under professional training in a safe atmosphere.
Highland Shooting Centre

Highland Wildcat Mountain Trails

Highland Wildcat hopes to provide an experience for all those who come to enjoy the most ambitious community-led mountain bike development in the UK. Highland Wildcat offers mountain bike trails for all abilities that link directly to Golspie village and its local services. The trails feature the longest technical singletrack descent in the UK at around 7000m.
Highland Wildcat Mountain Trails

Highlands Unbridled

Highlands Unbridles offers trail riding holidays and pony trekking in the Highlands of Scotland.
Highlands Unbridled

Inchnadamph and the River Caves

This walk up the Traligill Glen visits the impressive entrances of the largest cave system in Scotland. The views of the surrounding mountains are excellent.
Inchnadamph and the River Caves

Inchnadamph Bone Caves

Beautiful and popular walk in a limestone valley to the dramatic bone caves. These cave openings part way up a steep side of the valley are where the remains have been found of species such as lynx, reindeer and polar bear which once roamed here.
Inchnadamph Bone Caves

Inver Cruises

Invercruises cruises operates daily from lochinver marina ( Saturday by appointment) come and enjoy lochinver's stunning coastline and all its wildlife. A last true wilderness.
Inver Cruises

Kearvaig Bay

Backed by towering cliffs and with amazing sea stacks, Kearvaig Bay is a spectacular white sandy beach. Lying just to the west of the highest cliffs on the UK mainland and surrounded by rocks and sea stacks, this idyllic bay is a fantastic place to spend a day. A haven for seabirds, including puffins and oystercatchers, the bay is a great place to admire the Scottish wildlife.
Kearvaig Bay

Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve

Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve

Ledmore and Migdale Woods

Ledmore and Migdale Woods

Little Assynt Tree Nursery

Little Assynt Tree Nursery produces native trees from local seed, for gardens and woodland schemes. Visitors are welcome to visit and help with the varied work of the nursery
Little Assynt Tree Nursery

Loch Eriboll

Loch Eriboll

Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve

Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve

Loch Stack and Arkle

Loch Stack and Arkle

Melvich Bay

Melvich Bay with its dunes, large area of machair and riverside area is perhaps the best for wild flowersand bumblebees. A beautiful, unspoilt beach which is well signed and easily accessed.
Melvich Bay

North Highland Massage

Offering Sports and remedial massage for athletes and also for people with ailments such as backache, arthritis, parkinsons etc.
North Highland Massage

North West Highlands Geopark

North West Highlands Geopark

Norwest Sea Kayaking

Norwest Sea Kayaking

Oldshorebeg Beach

Oldshorebeg Beach

Oldshoremore Beach

Oldshoremore Beach

Port Alltan Na Bradhan

Port Alltan Na Bradhan

Ridgeway Adventure

Ridgeway Adventure

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

RSPB Forsinard Reserve

RSPB Forsinard Reserve

Sandwood Bay

Sandwood Bay

Sango Bay

Sango Bay

Sangobeg Beach

Sangobeg Beach

Scourie Bay

Scourie Bay

Sheigra Beach

Sheigra Beach

Smoo Cave

Smoo Cave

Smoo Cave Tours

Smoo Cave Tours

Stoer Head

Stoer Head

Strathy Bay

This is a beautiful, sheltered and enclosed Bay in the heart of Mackay country. Naturally formed with sand dunes it has outstanding views of the Pentland Firth. There is a free car park. Strathy Bay is on a minor road, off the A836 between Bettyhill and Melvich (signposted to Strathy East). Keep left if entering village from the east and take the right fork if approaching from the west entrance.
Strathy Bay

Summer Isles Sea Tours

Summer Isles Sea Tours

Torrisdale Bay

Explore a mixture of dunes, beach, riverside and moorland, taking in an iron-age broch on this circuit of Torrisdale Bay an area of Special Scientific Interest due to the rare plants and archaeological remains. The walk between the two glens can be hard to follow so navigation skills are needed for this short section.
Torrisdale Bay
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