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By Bronagh Braidwood
The Highland Haven
Published: 16th January 2020

Highland Hygge

Our guest blog from Bronagh at The Highland Haven is full of tips to get that Highland Hygge feeling on your visit to the North Coast 500 this winter!

These frosty winter months might not seem like the obvious time to visit the NC500, but as a local business owner, I can safely say that this is my favourite time of year. So why not make like a local and follow my top tips to enjoying the perfect Highland Winter!

Waking up to cold and dark winter mornings might not be the best start to an invigorating day. By lighting some candles, or the warm comforting glow of a wood burner, you can waken up slowly and leisurely. A long lazy breakfast of coffee and porridge sets you up for a brisk walk along one of the fabulous beaches that dot the NC500 coastline. My favourite is Dunnet, a ten-minute drive away from and surrounded by little bays, like Peedie Sands and Murkle beach. For extra mindfulness try beachcombing. The North Sea throws up some interesting sea treasures, especially low tide after a storm!

Food is an important part of keeping the mind and soul warm here in the Highlands, by candlelight of course. Restaurants that are closed to the public over the winter months can be found hosting pop up events in unusual settings. Check out Whailgoe Steps evenings at Lyth Arts Centre or find more information in local papers.

Our early evenings, leave plenty of time to get cosy with mugs of your favourite hot beverages, hot chocolate or a local tipple of hot toddie. Whiskey distilleries like Old Pulteney offer tours throughout winter months. With whiskey in hand, round off your evening with a spot of star gazing under the vast Caithness Skies. Guests to this region can be lucky enough to witness The Aurora Borealis. So why not take the slower road trip around the North and explore Highland hospitality at its best this winter.


The Highland Haven is a converted farm building with a nod to Scandinavian design and a big dose of Highland hospitality. The stunning location, just off the A836 between Thurso and John O’Groats, commands amazing views over to Dunnet Head and Orkney with some of Caithness’ hidden treasures right on the doorstep. The perfect place for individuals or groups, bunk & breakfast or self-catering, who want a completely switched off experience – the ultimate Highland Haven!

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