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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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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Inver Lodge Hotel and Chez Roux

Inver Lodge Hotel and Chez Roux, Lolaire Rd, Lochinver, IV27 4LU
+44 (0)1571 844 496

Inver Lodge is a 5 star hotel in the quiet fishing village of Lochinver. The restaurant offers hearty country cooking. There is ample car parking.

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Bighouse Lodge & Estate

Bighouse Lodge & Estate, Bighouse Lodge & Estate, By Melvich, KW14 7YJ
+44 (0)1641 531 207

Bighouse is one of the foremost sporting estates in Sutherland. Privately owned this exclusive lodge boasts very comfortable accommodation and offers all the warmth and charm expected of a traditional Scottish highland house. The Lodge has 10 very comfortable ensuite bedrooms.  Please note the minimum number of guests per booking is 6.

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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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Highland Trail Motorhomes Ltd

Highland Trail Motorhomes Ltd, Coulmaddie, Achavandra, Dornoch, IV25 3JB
+44 (0)1862 811 202

Motorhome & campervan rental based in Royal Dornoch on the NC500 route and a short roam away from other Scottish gems such as Cairngorms, Inverness, East Coast 250 route, Western Isles and Orkney. We guarantee a personalised service, pet friendly, family friendly, well equipped, clean motorhome with a go-the-extra-mile approach to serving our customers. On-site […]

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Costcutter- Bridgend Stores & Filling Station

Costcutter- Bridgend Stores & Filling Station, Ord Place, Lairg, IV27 4AZ
+44 (0)1549 402 103

Convince Store and Filling Station, Petrol, Diesel, Groceries, Newsagent, lottery, ATM, Bakery and Hot Food, Tea and Coffee to go. Open 6.30am-8pm Monday – Saturday. Sunday 9.30am -6pm

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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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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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Golspie Gallery

Golspie Gallery, 9, Golspie Industrial Estate, Golspie, KW10 6RN
+44 (0)1408 633 828

A welcoming gallery, with working studios, showcasing beautifully inspired craft, art, design and more. Many exclusive items, made in-house and by our creative partners. Explore a broad but carefully chosen range of high quality contemporary textiles, jewellery, ceramics, furniture and designer homewares.  Enjoy a changing selection of work and exhibitions by local and Scottish, artists […]

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Oldshoremore Beach

Oldshoremore Beach is known locally as Am Meallan. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sutherland and often appears on lists of the ‘UK’s Best Beaches’. The beach itself is bright white and clean, with rocky outcrops. This makes an extra special spot for a stroll or picnic.

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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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Evelix Pods Dornoch

Evelix Pods Dornoch, 180 Evelix, Dornoch, IV25 3RD
+44 (0)7464 186 207

These attractive fully equipped Pods are situated on croft land adjacent to the A9 and five minutes’ walk to the nearest licensed restaurant. Dornoch is 2 miles away and has a championship golf course, miles of golden sandy beaches and a wide variety of shops, cafe’s, restaurants and bars to suit every taste. Five of […]

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Invercassley Cottage B&B

Invercassley Cottage B & B, Rosehall, -4.572055, Lairg, IV27 4BD
+44 (0)1549 475 080

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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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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Sutherland Inn

Sutherland Inn, Fountain Square, Brora, KW9 6NX
+44 (0)1408 621 209

The Sutherland inn is a family run hotel in the center of the village of Brora, on the picturesque North-East Coast of Scotland. Visit us for a place to stay or a bite to eat. NC500 Member Discount Available: 5% off when you book online Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).

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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 […]

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RSPB Scotland Forsinard Flows Nature Reserve

RSPB Forsinard Flows, Flows Field Centre, Forsinard KW13 6YT
+44 (0)1641 571 225

Adventure slightly off route from the North East part of the NC500 and you will find Forsinard Flows reserve – part of a vast expanse of blanket bog, sheltered straths and mountains known as the Flow Country. The Flow Country is one of Scotland’s most important natural treasures and the RSPB looks after more than […]

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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 superb views over the Loch […]

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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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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.

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Achininver Beach

Achininver Beach, Talmine, Near Durness

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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NC500 Pods

101 Achmelvich, IV27 4JB
+44 (0)7539 413 288

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d been teleported to the Caribbean upon stepping foot on Achmelvich beach. The fine white sandy beach and turquoise water of the bay are at first a stark contrast to the rugged beauty of the surrounding Assynt area. Sand castle builders, water-skiers, sail boats, swimmers, kayakers & fishing enthusiasts […]

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The Green Cruachan

The Green Cruachan, Stoer, B869, By Lochinver, IV27 4JE
+44 (0)1571 855 312

The Green Cruachan Bed & Breakfast is located in Stoer, 8 miles North of Lochinver, in the North West Highlands of Scotland directly located on the popular tourist route, the North Coast 500 (NC500). Our Guesthouse is located in a quiet and rural environment, but nevertheless, the capital of the Highlands (Inverness), can be reached […]

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Cornmill Bunkhouse

Cornmill Bunkhouse, Achumore, Forsinard, KW13 6YT
+44 (0)1641 571 219

Bunkhouse located just four miles off the main route up Strath Halladale (A897) with 14 beds at £15 per bed per night.

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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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North Coast Sea Tours

Kylesku Slipway, Kylesku, IV27 4HW
+44 (0)7949 960 500

North Coast Sea Tours visit some of Scotland’s most stunning and least explored coastline. Leaving from the picturesque fishing hamlet of Kylesku, we provide high quality, guided boat tours to suit all types of adventures. Visit our website for details of our boat adventure tours, including availability, prices and to book. Our trips range from […]

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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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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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The Dornoch Area Community Interest Company

The Dornoch Area Community Interest Company, The Visitor Centre, Carnegie Courthouse, Dornoch, IV25 3SD
+44 (0)1862 810 533

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 […]

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The Poor House

Strathtongue, Tongue, Lairg, IV27 4XR
+44 (0)1847 611 798

We are an independent family run bunkhouse providing comfortable, self-catering accommodation for weary travellers of all kinds. Centrally located alongside the A836 (NC500) our cosy bunkhouse is ideally situated for those looking to explore The Highlands, and particularly Sutherland, up close. The nearby Atlantic coastline is scattered with spotless sandy beaches, with the unspoiled beach […]

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Timespan Heritage Centre

Timespan Heritage Centre, Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale, KW8 6JA
+44 (0)1431 821 327

Timespan is an award winning museum, contemporary art gallery, archive, cafe, gift shop and garden located adjacent to the picturesque Helmsdale River. Visitors can explore the area’s history through object collections, historical narratives, local stories, archival images and interactive cabinets. Timespan has the only public contemporary art gallery in Sutherland, exhibitions change regularly. Our public […]

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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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Smoo Cave Hotel

Smoo Cave Hotel, Lerin, Durness, IV27 4QB
+44 (0)1971 511 227

Family run Hotel, serving local seafood & real ales throughout the summer and open all year round.

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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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