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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Highland Trail Motorhomes Ltd

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

Motorhome Hire

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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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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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Wallis

Wallis, scourie, Lairg
+44(0)1738 451 610

Enjoying a magnificent position overlooking Scourie Bay and Handa Island and inland to the peaks of Ben Stack, Arkle and Foinaven, Wallis is a much loved family holiday home on the far North West corner of Scotland. The views from the house are breathtaking and photographers, fishermen, climbers, geologists, authors and birdwatchers will all appreciate […]

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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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Scourie Filling Station

Scourie Filling Station, Scourie, Lairg
+44 (0)1971 502 422

Scourie Filling Station is equipped with pay@pump terminals dispensing fuel 24/7 via Mastercard, Visa, Maestro and Allstar-pin. During business hours motorists also have the option to pay by cash. The forecourt shop provides for the traveller and outdoor enthusiast with a range of motoring accessories, tools, camping equipment, gas cylinders, fishing tackle, walking gear and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Badnabay Cottage

Badnabay Cottage, Badnabay, Lairg, IV27 4PA
+44(0)1738 451 610

Badnabay Cottage near Scourie in Sutherland is a delightful self catering holiday cottage set in the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands. This holiday accommodation sits in a wonderful location close to the shore and on the other side, a tumbling burn and the surrounding hills all lying within the North West Highland Geopark and […]

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Inver Park House

Inver Park House, Houstry Road, Dunbeath, KW6 6EH
+44 (0)1593 731 441

Inver Park House is a modern property built as a B&B, adjacent to the A9 just north of Dunbeath, Caithness. We have 3 large guest rooms, all on the ground floor, one also equipped for guests with mobility problems. Our ‘Traditional Double’ room has an antique bedroom suite, an ensuite with a bath and shower, […]

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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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The Courtyard Gift Shop

The Courtyard Gift Shop, Main Street, Tongue, IV27 4XD
+44 (0)1847 611 722

A boutique gift shop situated in the heart of Tongue on the north west coast of Sutherland.

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Melvich Hotel

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

Nestled in the heart of the coast, Melvich is ideal for those discovering the North Coast 500 route or just looking for a few days of rest and relaxation in Sutherland & Caithness. Get the map out, plot your itinerary (feel free to contact us for any tips or advice – we know the road […]

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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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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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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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Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel, Recharn, By Lochinver, IV27 4JB
+44(0)1571 844 480

This simple hostel, set in a former school building, is a 5-minute walk from the 809 bus stop and a 6-minute walk from the Suilven walking trail. The basic dorms and private rooms come with towels and bed linens. Some rooms feature en suite bathrooms. Dogs are welcome for a fee in private rooms. The […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Heavitree House Holiday Cottage

Heavitree House Holiday Cottage, Main Street, Golspie, KW10 6TQ
+44 (0)7876 571 562

Heavitree House is a large period property, built in 1840. The former farm-house and hotel is centrally located in the village of Golspie in Sutherland. It is directly on the A9 and the North Coast 500 route. It has been newly refurbished into a stylish, spacious, well equipped holiday house and offers all amenities. Sleeps […]

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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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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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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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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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Royal Marine Hotel & Spa

Royal Marine Hotel & Spa, Golf Road, Brora, KW9 6QS
+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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The Culkein Store -Jammery and Craft Shop

The Culkein Store -Jammery and Craft Shop, 251 Culkein, Stoer, Lochinver, IV27 4JG
+44 (0)7785 228 182

We are a small family run business set in the beautiful Culkein Bay, Assynt, producing a range of hand made jams, marmalade & chutney on the premises as well as our own art, crafts & gifts. Coffee, cakes, filled rolls and snacks are available, and we also offer freshly baked bread and seasonal veg. Scenic […]

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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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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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Crannag Bistro

Crannag Bistro, Dornoch Road, Bonar Bridge, IV24 3EB
+44 (0)1863 766 111

The Crannag Bistro opened in 2006 offering well prepared, tasty, unpretentious locally sourced food and drink in attractive surroundings. Nestled in the heart of the pretty Kyle-side village of Bonar Bridge, the Crannag offers a true taste of the Northern Highlands and looks forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of the country. Open […]

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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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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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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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Arda Glamping

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

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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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