Sutherland History & Heritage

Some great experiences to be had in Sutherland.


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Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland. The castle is open to tours, and has a museum which you can visit.
Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, KW10 6SF
Tel: 01408 633177

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Timespan Heritage Centre

Timespan is a meeting place between our past, our present and our future. Timespan is an award-winning museum and the only public contemporary art gallery in Sutherland. Timespan also houses a cafe, herb garden, geology garden and gift shop. Timespan is also Helmsdale's Visit Scotland Information point.
Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale, KW8 6JA
Tel: 01431 821327

Ardvreck Castle (Ruins)

Anyone travelling the A837 north from Inchnadamph over the years will have been intrigued by two ruins at the east end of Loch Assynt. The shell of Calda House stands close to the road, while the remains of Ardvreck Castle lie a little to the west, on a promontory projecting into the loch. The parking area with some excellent information boards between the two ruins gives good access to Ardvreck Castle along a much improved path.
Ardvreck Castle (Ruins)

Assynt Visitor Centre

The Assynt Visitor Centre is home to the Tourist Information Centre and the local Highland Council Rangers. As well as numerous free leaflets on display, staff members are on hand to provide advice about the area including places to stay and places to visit. There are also toilets in the Centre.
Assynt Visitor Centre

Bettyhill Information Point

This is an 'Information Point in Partnership' with VisitScotland and is located in the Café in Bettyhill on the beautiful North Sutherland coast. Open 6 days a week in the summertime, they offer a variety of teas, coffees, light lunches, fish and chips and home baking. Free Wi-Fi is also available. They offer a free local information service for the Sutherland area.
Bettyhill Information Point

Brora Heritage Centre

Visit Brora Heritage Centre and discover the archaeology and industrial heritage of Brora portrayed through an exhibition, hands-on displays and dinosaur play area. Only a one-minute drive from Brora village and full of activities for all ages, the Brora Heritage Centre is a fantastic family experience.
Brora Heritage Centre

Carn Liath

Carn Liath is a fine example of a broch – a type of fortification found only in Scotland. There are well over 500 of them across the country, the majority in northern and western Scotland and the islands. Brochs emerged in the Iron Age around 2,300 years ago. They stopped being built in the early centuries AD.
Carn Liath

Castle Varrich (Ruins)

A small roofless tower-house stands on the hill over looking Tongue and the Kyle of Tongue. The building is thought to be 16th century but the site may have much earlier associations dating back to Norse times and the bishops of Caithness in medieval times.
Castle Varrich (Ruins)

Dornoch Cathedral

Dornoch Cathedral is a parish church in the Church of Scotland, serving the small Sutherland town of Dornoch, in the Scottish Highlands.
Dornoch Cathedral

Dornoch Information Point

Local/national information, local/surrounding area leaflets and a self service telephone for accommodation/travel bookings.
Dornoch Information Point

Dun Dornaigil

Also known as Dun Dornadilla, a well-preserved broch with a distinctive entrance, standing to a height of up to 6.7 metres. Dun Dornaigil is a fine example of a broch – a type of fortification found only in Scotland. There are well over 500 of them across the country, the majority in northern and western Scotland and the islands. Brochs emerged in the Iron Age around 2,300 years ago. They stopped being built in the early centuries AD.
Dun Dornaigil

Durness Visitor Centre

Durness Information Centre has one of the best views in Scotland, overlooking beautiful Sango Bay in the far North West Highlands. The enthusiastic local staff are on hand to offer help and advice to ensure that your visit is a memorable one.
Durness Visitor Centre

Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

Follow the flock of sheep to Ferrycroft to discover why Lairg has always been a crossroads for people, wildlife and culture. There are games, displays and experiences for all the family. Discover what farming families left on Ord Hill thousands of years ago. Learn about the local wildlife. Ferrycroft is the starting point for walks in Ferry Wood or up Ord Hill with its traces of past lives.
Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

Historylinks Museum

HistoryLinks Museum is a local history museum in Dornoch. The HistoryLinks Museum is dedicated to the history of Dornoch. The permanent exhibition features the cathedral, feuding clans, the shameful burning of Scotland’s last condemned witch and the treachery and violence of Picts and Vikings. One of the very few 5* museums in the Highlands. Open daily from 10am - 4pm.
Historylinks Museum

Lochinver Information Centre

Lochinver Information Centre

Strathnaver Museum

Discover the vibrant culture, inherited from Norse and Gaelic ancestors. Strathnaver Museum is a heart which keeps the blood of tradition pumping; sustaining and preserving it for future generations. Open from the 1st of April through to the 31st October, 10am - 5pm.
Strathnaver Museum

The Dornoch Area Community Interest Company

The Dornoch Area Community Interest Company is a voluntary organisation with 80 business group members who provide a full range of services for visitors – accommodation, food and drink, shopping, events and activities. The Visitor Centre in the Carnegie Courthouse has all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Look out for our Dornoch Ambassador who is there to help you explore the town. Dornoch has historic centre featuring the Cathedral, Jail and Courthouse, 5 star Historylinks Museum. The town trail is just two miles off the NC500. With its world famous golf course, unspoilt beaches, a wide range of cafes and restaurants, and 20 independent shops, it makes an ideal stopping point.
The Dornoch Area Community Interest Company

Ullapool Museum

Housed in A1 listed former Telford Church the museum tells the story of Lochbroom through exhibitions, display, archives, film. Extensive genealogy resources. Open April to October, Monday - Saturday.
Ullapool Museum
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