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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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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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 Altnaharra Hotel

The Altnaharra Hotel, Altnaharra, By Lairg, IV27 4UE
+44 (0)1549 411 222

This luxury highlands hotel is one of the finest leisure and sporting venues in Scotland and has been for nearly 200 years. Having once been a lodge for 19th Century sportsmen and women, the Altnaharra has developed a rich heritage in these outdoor recreational pursuits. They offer first class fishing on numerous local rivers and […]

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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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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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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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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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Brora Terrace

Brora Terrace, 8 The Terrace, Brora, KW9 6LY
+44 (0)7552 764 111

Located in the centre of the village of Brora on the East Coast of the North Coast 500, this newly refurbished 3 bedroom Townhouse built by the 3rd Duke of Sutherland is steeped in history but adapted for modern living and the utmost in comfort and design. It is fitted with luxurious bathrooms with power […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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North Coast Leisure Centre

North Coast Leisure Centre, Munro Place, Bettyhill, KW14 7SS
+44 (0)1641 521 400

North Coast Leisure Centre is a small community owned leisure facility situated in Bettyhill. Our facilities include 12.5 x 6m pool, sauna, spa, fitness suite and MUGA pitch. Available for hire. NC500 Member Discount Available: NC500 members offered own membership rate Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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B&B@23

B&B@23, 23 Inchard Place, Kinlochbervie, IV27 4RZ
+44(0)1971 521 787

B&B accommodation at 23 Inchard Place, Kinlochbervie, Sutherland. A warm welcome awaits visitors to this beautiful corner of the UK. Kinlochbervie is steeped in culture, historically a fishing and crofting community, we are the most northerly port on the west coast of Scotland. Situated in the heart of the village with two letting rooms, a […]

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Kindale House

Kindale House, Lilleshall Street, Helmsdale, KW8 6JF
+44 (0)1431 821 415

Kindale House is situated in the heart of the beautiful picturesque village of Helmsdale. The house has been tastefully refurbished to a very high standard to provide warm comfortable surroundings for those looking for quality accommodation and excellent value for money. Kindale is an ideal stop over for those doing the End to End (being […]

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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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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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Golspie Free Church of Scotland

Free Church Manse, KW10 6TT
+44 (0)1408 633 529

Golspie Free Church sits in the shade of Ben Bhraggie and looks out over the north sea towards Portmahomack and the Tarbat Ness lighthouse. The solid sand stone building overlooks the nearby award winning beach, only a stone’s throw away. This is a truly wonderful location for any gathering, especially one where God is worshipped. […]

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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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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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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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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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Oak Lodge Bed & Breakfast

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

Oak Lodge Bed & Breakfast is located in a small remote location called Overscaig resting on the banks of Loch Shin and offers a Visit Scotland 4 star pet friendly en-suite accommodation

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