Explore Sutherland

Sutherland

Europe’s “last great wilderness”

Experience sea and the most incredible landscapes. Sutherland makes up a large part of the North Coast 500, and will leave a lasting memory too. From the dramatic north western scenery, where the mountains meet the sea, to the varied lands of the east – with scattered fishing communities, award winning golf courses, fairy tale castles, archaeological wonders and quaint harbours. Unspoilt, naturally stunning landscapes and seascapes with stretches of sand to rival those abroad, welcome to Sutherland.

Sutherland MapSutherland makes up a significant portion of the North Coast 500 and is often broken in to two sections; North West Sutherland and East Sutherland. Both beautiful areas, but each offers something completely different!

North West Sutherland covers a large portion of unspoilt, natural landscapes. The mountain ranges are quite spectacular, bringing together the peculiar ‘Policeman’s Helmet’ shaped Suilven and the mountainous tops of Ben More, Foinaven and Arkle.

The North-west side is also home to Cape Wrath, the North West Highlands Geopark and many many more delights that you must consider for your NC500 itinerary.

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Photos: Dunrobin Castle, Dornoch Cathedral (courtesy of Dornoch Museum), Stac Pollaidh (courtesy of Hamlet Mountaineering, Sandwood Bay (courtesy of the John Muir Trust)


Discover the attractions in Sutherland worth that extra mile.

Whilst we hope to promote the North Coast 500 as a designated route throughout 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 for the whole Highland experience!

Go ‘off the beaten track’ and discover the villages and hamlets off the route. Discover your own hidden gems. Check out our itineraries for inspiration and our ‘what to see and do area’ of our website.


Handy Information about your adventure

  • Sutherland is the largest county within the North Coast 500 and has two parts; North West and East Sutherland.
  • Please remember to drive safely – some of the Sutherland roads are single track so please be cautious.

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Scourie Guest House

Scourie Guest House, 55 Scourie Village, Scourie, Near Lairg, IV27 4TE
+44 (0)1971 502 001

Our Guesthouse is just a short walk to the beach and our rooms offer great views over the bay. Scourie is perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding area.  We are just north of Kylesku on the North Coast 500 route, between Ullapool and Durness, and from here you can enjoy golf, fishing, the magnificent scenery, […]

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Bettyhill General Merchants

Bettyhill General Merchants, 190b Bettyhill, Bettyhill, KW14 7SP
+44 (0)1641 521 201

Fuel station, post office, shop and off license

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Cruachan Holiday Home

Cruachan Holiday Home, Cruachan, Lochinver, Badnaban, IV27 4LR
+44 (0)1571 608 227

Cruachan Self Catering Holiday Home is located near the North Coast 500, with a view to the ocean, in the Assynt district of Sutherland just outside the village of Lochinver. Beautiful views, clean fresh air and peaceful surroundings allow you to recharge from a hectic life. Within walking distance from the house you will find […]

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Acheninver Beach

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

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Simply The Best

Dornoch Retail Park, Dornoch, IV25 3QY
+44 (0)1862 810 340

Opened in 2009 as an outlet for Fairtrade and Fair Trade goods, Simply The Best is recognised by many as offering the widest range in Scotland. Unique, handcrafted, quality products may be found in abundance here; wooden, wire beaded and soapstone sculptures, hand-rolled incense, Himalayan Salt Lamps, Dream catchers, Friendship Bracelets, funky children’s clothes from […]

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Highland Glen Lodges

Highland Glen Lodges, Inchcape, Rogart, IV28 3UD
+44 (0)1862 821 689

Set high on a hillside in Sutherland Highland Glen Lodges offers a peaceful retreat far away from the traffic and stress of daily life. Each of our 5 lovingly cared for 2 bedroom lodges has its own private balcony with uninterrupted views of the mountains and glen.  You’ll find free WiFi, dishwasher, freezer and laundry […]

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Cocoa Mountain

Cocoa Mountain, Balnakeil Craft Village, Balnakeil, Durness, IV27 4PT
+44 (0)1971 511 233

Cocoa Mountain Balnakeil (Est 2006) is an award winning chocolatier and cafe famous for serving the worlds’ “Best Hot Chocolate”. Enjoy a little pleasure surrounded by some of the most majestic scenery in Scotland. Cocoa Mountain Dornoch opened in 2017. Both outlets open 9am – 6pm during the season. Check locally for winter opening.

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Eas a’ Chual Aluinn – Britain’s Highest Waterfall

This 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.

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Ceol Mor Bed & Breakfast

Ceol Mor Bed & Breakfast, Ceol Mor, Linsidecroy, Lairg, IV27 4EU
+44 (0)1549 421 262

Ceol Mor Bed and Breakfast has three guest bedrooms, Cassley is a king size double bedded room with private bathroom and has stunning views overlooking the Kyle of Sutherland. Carron is an en suite king sized double bedded room which has a garden view and Oykel is twin bedded, with views over the Kyle of […]

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Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle, Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, KW10 6SF
+44 (0)1408 633 177

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 […]

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Weavers

Weavers, Woodend, Rhitongue, Lairg, IV27 4XW
+44 (0)1847 611 332

Weavers is a cafe and gitf shop right on the NC500 just outside Tongue. It has a very large car park and is easily accessible from the main road. Weavers has a great gift shop with a fabulous selection and our cafe serves lovely homemade food. Why not pop in and have your daytime Pit […]

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Kyle of Tongue Hostel & Holiday Park

Kyle of Tongue Hostel and Holiday Park, Tongue, by Lairg, IV27 4XH
+44 (0)1847 611 789

Magnificently situated on the shores of the Kyle of Tongue with supreme panoramic views of Castle Varich, Ben Hope and the Queen of Scottish Mountains – Ben Loyal. Kyle of Tongue Hostel offers a variety of comfortable room types including dormitory rooms, private rooms and premium private rooms. Our Hostel is also available for exclusive […]

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Culgower House

Culgower House, Loth, Helmsdale, KW8 6HP
+44 (0)1431 821 268

A very warm welcome to Culgower House B&B; a tranquil, North Highland family home set between the sea and the hills. Situated between Brora and Helmsdale on the scenic coast of East Sutherland in northern Scotland with glorious views out over the Moray Firth. Right on the route, Culgower House is an ideal base from […]

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Cairn 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 […]

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Sangobeg Beach

To the east of the village of Durness you will find Sangobeg Beach, a small, quiet and sandy bay. This wild, remote spot offers lovely scenery and is a great place for a stop.

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Invershin Hotel Bunkhouse & Bar

Invershin Hotel Bunkhouse & Bar, Invershin, Lairg, IV27 4ET
+44 (0)1549 421 202

A relaxed, informal, family run hotel and bunkhouse situated on the Kyle of Sutherland, 5 minutes drive from the famous Fall of Shin where you can see the leaping salmon. A great base to explore the north, east and west coasts. We have 6 ensuite bedrooms and a 10 bed bunkhouse (which is within the hotel) […]

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Mac & Wild at Falls of Shin

Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction, Achany Glen, by Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4EE
+44 (0)1549 402 888

Taking Mac & Wild back to its Highland roots, founders Andy Waugh and Calum Mackinnon are delighted to open the site at the Falls of Shin visitor centre, once known as the ‘Harrods of the North’. The latest opening sees Mac & Wild venture back to the heart and soul of the Highlands, where their […]

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Altnacealgach Motel

Altnacealgach Motel, Altnacealgach, Ledmore, Lairg, IV27 4HF
+44 (0)7927 038 348

We are a family owned and run self-catering motel on the shores of Loch Borralan, just a mile inside the NC500 route at Ledmore on the west coast. Set on the site of a former coaching inn and fishing lodge the Altnacealgach Motel offers a peaceful and picturesque location with superb views over the Loch […]

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Bettyhill Hotel

Bettyhill Hotel, Bettyhill Hotel, Bettyhill, KW14 7SP
+44 (0)1641 521 202

The Bettyhill Hotel which was once a coaching inn, is now a superb family run hotel with bar and restaurant overlooking the Torrisdale Bay. The Bettyhill Hotel is extremely popular with walkers, cyclists, anglers, bird watchers and people who just want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Bettyhill Hotel is the […]

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Balblair Distillery

Balblair Distillery, Edderton, Tain, IV19 1LB
+44 (0)1862 821 273

Balblair Distillery is one of the oldest and most picturesque in the world, founded in 1790 by John Ross, it sits on the banks of the Dornock Firth, in the shadow of Sturie Hill. The distillery shop is open to visitors and we offer tours, so to avoid disappointment, please book in advance. NC500 Member […]

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Garvault House

Garvault Hotel, Garvault, By Kinbrace, KW11 6UF
+44 (0)7596 202 171

The Garvault House is set in one of the last great wilderness areas of Britain and is the most remote hotel on mainland Britain. Nestled in the shadow of Beinn Griam Mor, overlooking the forest framed Loch Rimsdale and surrounded by vast rolling heather clad hills, Garvault House has fantastic uninterrupted views over the unique […]

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Del Mar B&B

Del Mar Bed and Breakfast, 1 The Pillars, Dornoch, IV25 3HY, United Kingdom
+44 (0)1862 811 842

Del Mar B&B has lovely views of the surrounding countryside, over the Dornoch Firth and onto the Moray Hills beyond. There is one bedroom – a spacious family room with a king sized bed and a single bed. Dornoch is a good central place from which to explore the rest of the Northern Highlands – […]

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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.

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Links House

Links House, Golf Road, Dornoch, IV25 3LW
+44 (0)1862 810 279

Links House at Royal Dornoch is a country house hotel and restaurant in the finest tradition, offering luxury accommodation combined with the charm, grace and elegance of the world’s finest luxury small hotels.  Links House Hotel has been beautifully restored to reflect the strength and drama of its setting, overlooking the 1st tee at Royal […]

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Sheigra Beach

Sheigra Beach is a small, sandy bay that’s wild, remote and beautiful. A popular spot for wild camping.

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Farm Buggy Tours

Kirkton Farm, Melvich, Thurso, KW14 7YJ
+44 (0)7857 423 843

The first farm tour of its kind in the far north of Scotland. Come and have some fun on an off road all terrain 4 wheel drive buggy. Get off the beaten track and get an insight into sheep and cattle farming. Get up close to sheep and cattle including some highland cows. Hopefully you […]

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The Tongue Hotel

The Tongue Hotel, Tongue, By Lairg, IV27 4XD
+44 (0)1847 611 206

Awarded Small Country Hotel 2018 – Scottish Hotel Awards Built in the mid 1800s and owned by the Duke of Sutherland, The Tongue Hotel boasts 19 unique bedrooms and many original features such as wood panelling, open fires, traditional antique furnishings, genuine exhibits and authentic paintings. Steeped in history, the hotel has a romantic, enchanting […]

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Oak Lodge Bed & Breakfast

Oak Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Oak Lodge, Overscaig, By Lairg, IV27 4NY
+44 (0)1549 431 255

Lesley and Lee would like to extend to you a very warm welcome to our wonderful home Oak Lodge, which is remotely located, nesting on the banks of Loch Shin in a tiny location called Overscaig. Oak Lodge is only a twenty minute drive from the village of Lairg in the county of Sutherland deep […]

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Assynt Aromas by Mum & Son, Candle Shop & Secret Tea Garden

Assynt Aromas by Mum & Son, Candle Shop & Secret Tea Garden, Tigh na Bruach, Drumbeg, IV27 4NW

Situated about half way along the B869 coastal route, this is a perfect ‘stopping off’ point along this 23 mile single track road. Run by Mum & Son team Helen & Danny. A warm welcome waits at their wee Highland Candle Shop where they produce all their own products, you can relax in the secret […]

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Royal Marine Hotel & Spa

Royal Marine Hotel, Golf Road, Brora, KW9 6QS, United Kingdom
+44 (0)1408 621 252

The Royal Marine overlooks the mouth of the River Brora and offers calm, gracious surroundings, great food, Spa leisure facilities, Golf next door, log fires and a Highland welcome.

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Clynelish Distillery

Clynelish Distillery, Clynelish Distillery, Brora, KW9 6LR
+44 (0)1408 623 000

Clynelish Distillery is located on the A9 at the popular coastal holiday town of Brora, Sutherland, around one hour north of Inverness. With beautiful views of the North Sea and the hills to the north – where the Clynemilton burn runs over seams of gold in the rock. With this water, Clynelish distillery produces a […]

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Melvich Hotel

Melvich Hotel, Melvich, by Thurso, KW14 7YJ
+44 (0)1641 531 206

The Melvich Hotel is ideally located in the heart of the north coast. For a few days of rest, relaxation, wild country coastline and a warm welcome, you should look no further. The inspiring beauty of our location will be more than enough for any visitor, however this has been enhanced by the thorough upgrading […]

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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.

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Scourie Hotel

Scourie Hotel, Scourie, Sutherland, IV27 4SX
+44 (0)1971 502 396

The Scourie hotel situated in one of Scotland’s most stunning areas of unspoilt beauty. We are blessed with wonderful views over the white sands of Scourie bay and views towards Ben Stack, Foinaven & Arkle. Richard, Fiona and Charlotte Campbell are your hosts. We have poured fresh energy in to invigorate this lovely hotel. We […]

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Strathnaver Museum

Strathnaver Museum, Clachan, Bettyhill, Thurso, KW14 7SS
+44 (0)1641 521 418

Find Strathnaver Museum in the heart of Mackay Country where people have lived for over 8,000 years! Join us and discover what life was like for the people who lived here before, during and after the Highland Clearances. Open from the 1st of April through to the 31st October, Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm. […]

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Sandwood Bay

Situated on the far north-west coast, Sandwood Bay is thought to be the most remote beach in the United Kingdom. The isolated location means you need to hike just over 4 miles to reach the bay. Start from the car park in the village of Blairmore, north-west of the hamlet of Kinlochbervie on the single-track […]

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Estuary View

Estuary View, Red Row, Brora, KW9 6QD
+44 (0)1738 451 610

This lovely holiday home is two cottages cleverly converted and designed to offer very spacious and extremely comfortable holiday accommodation perfect for families or groups. Estuary View is in a prime location in Sutherland, an area which has become a very popular holiday destination within the NC500. Walk one way and you have the quiet […]

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Scourie Lodge B&B and Gardens

Scourie Lodge, Scourie, Lairg, IV27 4TE
+44 (0)1971 502 248

Scourie Lodge overlooks Scourie Bay on the North West coast of Scotland. This historic house and its beautiful walled garden provide a spacious and peaceful place to stay. Many ‘one-night only’ guests wish they had booked for two or more nights Please consider staying longer and enjoying Scourie Lodge and the local area. We are […]

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Fionn Lodge

Fionn Lodge, Fionn Lodge, Grange Road, Dornoch, IV25 3LD
+44 (0)1862 811 803

Designed with a contemporary Highland feel, Fionn Lodge is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac adjacent to the first green of Royal Dornoch Golf Club’s Championship golf course and just a few minutes walk from Dornoch’s beautiful and historic town centre and beach. Offering guests high quality boutique accommodation, Fionn Lodge is the only bed & […]

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Invercassley Cottage B&B

Invercassley Cottage B & B, Rosehall, -4.572055, Lairg, IV27 4BD
+44 (0)1549 441 783

B&B in a stunning rural location, centrally located and ideally suited for touring both the East and West coasts and the central Highlands. 2 double en- suite rooms, guest lounge, secure bike storage and drying facilities. We offer a wide breakfast menu using home made and locally produced items and can cater for special diets. […]

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