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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Royal Golf Hotel

Royal Golf Hotel, The First Tee, Dornoch, IV25 3LG
+44 (0)1862 810 283

Located on Royal Dornoch’s first tee, the Royal Golf Hotel is a golfers paradise; providing a traditional Highland welcome. Many of the 22 en-suite four star and individually styled bedrooms overlook both the golf course and Dornoch Firth and beyond.

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Lagg B&B

Lagg B&B, Lagg, Strathcroy, By Lochinver, IV27 4NG
+44 (0)1571 855 239

We are situated on our private 600 acre estate in a beautiful area of Assynt, both rugged and beautiful on the coastal B869. We offer bed and breakfast with 2 bedrooms available with 1 double room and 1 family room with tea & coffee making facilities and TV and free WiFi.

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Arda Glamping

Croit Lara, Rhinamain, Bonar Bridge, Ardgay, IV24 3AS
+44 (0)1863 766 771

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The Steading

The Steading, 4 The Steading, Balnapolaig, Dornoch, IV25 3HA
+44 (0)1862 811 121

Luxury Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dornoch The Steading is a luxury bed & breakfast in Dornoch, which combines thoughtful accommodation with good old fashioned hospitality. Set within a peaceful semi-rural location five minutes by car from Dornoch Championship Golf Course and affording spectacular views across the Dornoch Firth to Struie Hill, the great Caledonian […]

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Smoo Lodge

+44 (0)1971 511 423

Exclusive and stylish boutique B&B in a recently refurbished former 18th Century Sporting Lodge. Situated on the NC500, close to the sea & Smoo Cave, we offer relaxing and luxurious stays in one of the most iconic buildings in Durness. We are surrounded by the stunning coastal and rugged mountain scenery of the north west […]

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Jail Dornoch

Jail Dornoch, Castle Street, Dornoch, IV25 3SD
+44(0)1862 810 555

We stock an extensive selection of fantastic products at both Jail Dornoch and Jail at the Airport. Being located in the Highlands of Scotland, and living in such a beautiful place with breathtaking views surrounded by the natural world, the Jail Dornoch country clothing collection has been selected to be worn, used and enjoyed in […]

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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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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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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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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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Kylesku Hotel

Kylesku Hotel, Kylesku, Lairg, IV27 4HW
+44 (0)1971 502 231

We have received a number of awards for our food, most recently from the 2018 Scottish Hotel Awards where we were given the “Informal Restaurant Hotel of the year” for Scotland. We have a passion for food and especially seafood. We are very fortunate to have such a rich larder on our doorstep and are […]

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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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Elliot Houses – Balnakeil

Elliot Houses - Balnakeil, Balnakeil, Durness, Lairg, IV27 4PX
+44 (0)1896 850 204

Balnakeil is an A-listed nine bedroom Highland lodge which sleeps up to 17. Completely renovated and restored in 2012 it has been sympathetically refurbished to provide a unique and luxurious experience. The setting is magical, all rooms have spectacular sea or mountain views, step out the back door and onto the mile and a half […]

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Eddrachilles Hotel

Eddrachilles Hotel, Badcall Bay, Scourie, IV27 4TH
+44(0)1971 502 080

The Eddrachilles Hotel is a small, owner-managed hotel offering comfortable accommodation overlooking the sea. The charm and character of this 200 year old building has been retained, with stone walls and flagstone floors in the dining rooms. The high standards of food and accommodation at the Eddrachilles Hotel have attracted many awards including 3 Stars […]

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The Tongue Hotel

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

We are a hotel situated in the village of Tongue on the North Coast, overlooking Ben Loyal and Castle Varrich. We have 19 rooms which all make a perfect base for your trip, whether you are hill climbing, stalking, golfing or relaxing. We have an official Visit Scotland rating of four stars. We offer a […]

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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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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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Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

Durness Smoo Youth Hostel, Smoo, Durness, IV27 4QA
+44(0)1971 511 264

Durness Smoo Youth Hostel is surrounded by wild and spectacular landscape. There are mountains, sea cliffs, beaches and waterfalls. On a clear night the starry skies are incredible, made even better if you are fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights. Durness Smoo Youth Hostel is relaxed and friendly and provides a simple base in […]

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Caisteal Liath Chalets

Caisteal Liath Chalets, Baddidarrach, Lochinver, IV27 4LP
+44 (0)7983 918 526

Quality self-catering chalets situated within easy walking distance to all local amenities in Lochinver village. Each quality lodge has stunning views of the sea-loch and majestic mountain range of Canisp, Suilven, Cul Mhor and Stac Pollaidh. Each property is south or west facing enabling you to sit out on your private balcony, where you can […]

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Newton Lodge B&B

Newton Lodge B&B, Kylesku, IV27 4HW
+44 (0)1971 502 070

Relax, unwind and enjoy a memorable stay in Sutherland. Our family owned bed and breakfast overlooks Loch Glencoul on the North Coast 500 route. With stunning views of the loch on one side and Quinnag on the other, this is a fantastic base for exploring North West Scotland. We have 7 en-suite bedrooms all with views […]

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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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Split Rock Croft Cottage

Split Rock Croft Cottage, 145a Clachtoll, Lochinver, IV27 4JD
+44(0)1571 855 215

With large twin aspect bedroom, shower room, well-equipped kitchen and twin aspect lounge/diner with double sofa bed. Stunning views and can accommodate 2-5 people comfortably.

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Mackays Hardware and Chandlery

Mackays Hardware and Chandlery, Culag Square, Lochinver, IV27 4LG
+44(0)1571 844 442

Hardware and DIY store. Camping, Fishing and cycling equipment. Chandlery /calor gas stockists

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Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Ardgay, Ardgay, IV24 3BS
+44 (0)7770 419 671

Alladale, a spectacular 23,000-acre wilderness reserve, is a truly wild place in Scotland. Situated about 1.5 hours from Inverness, the Reserve offers 100 square miles of breath-taking scenery. We offer 3 types of accommodation in order to create a tailor-made stay. Book our luxury Victorian lodge with a private chef and staff to enjoy an […]

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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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Inchnadamph Lodge B&B and Hostel

Inchnadamph Lodge B&B and Hostel, Inchnadamph Lodge, Drumbeg, Inchnadamph, IV27 4HL
+44(0)1571 822 250

Quality B&B / Hostel in a converted highland shooting lodge. Private twin, double & family rooms, hostel dorms, large s/c kitchen & dining room. Breakfast provided.

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Lolaire

Lolaire, Lochinver, Ullapool, IV27 4JY
+44 (0)1738 451 610

This magnificently situated house sits on the hill above Lochinver on Scotland’s beautiful west coast and has glorious views across the sea and to the great mountains of Sutherland such as Canisp and Suilven. It is hard to better the landscapes and yet nearby you have the facilities of Lochinver village and even a fabulous […]

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Hamlet Mountaineering

Hamlet Mountaineering, Free Church Manse, Achiltbuie, IV26 2YG
+44 (0)1854 622 754

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.

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Brora & District Action Group (BaDAG)

Brora & District Action Group (BaDAG), Sunnybrae, West Clyne, Brora, KW9 6NH
+44 (0)7831 602 603

Providing free centre of village wifi, working with statutory partners to improve tourist walks and amenities in Brora and surrounds.

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Del Mar B&B

Del Mar B&B, 1 The Pillars, Dornoch, IV25 3HY
+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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Glencanisp Lodge

Glencanisp Lodge, Glencanisp, Lochinver, IV27 4LW
+44(0)1571 844 100

With breath-taking views to Suilven and Glencanisp, this Loch fronted former sporting Lodge is now a very special B&B, open to all. New to the heart of Lochinver, yet seemingly placed in rural heaven, the 11 bedrooms are warm and welcoming, as are your hosts. Evening meals can be provided if you let us know […]

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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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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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Salmon Landings Guest House

Salmon Landings, Port Ghrant Road, Strathy Point, Strathy, KW14 7RY
+44 (0)1641 541 375

On the route of the North Coast 500, approximately top dead centre of the North Coast of the UK sits Salmon Landings Guest House. Take the road to Strathy Point towards the lighthouse and you will find us situated on the clifftop with Port Ghrant (our private cove with jetty) nestled below. Salmon Landings sits […]

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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 suberb views over the Loch […]

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Shore Caravan Site

Shore Caravan Site, 106 Achmelvich, Lochinver, IV27 4JB
+44 (0)1571 844 393

A small family run caravan and camping site located next a beautiful white sandy beach in Achmelvich.

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Go Golspie

Go Golspie, The Stackyard, Golspie Tower, Golspie, KW10 6SE
+44 (0)7779 096 453

A business association designed to promote business opportunities and visitor numbers in the Highlands village of Golspie

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Scourie Lodge

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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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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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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