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.

NC500 Members in Sutherland

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Arda Glamping

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

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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 Bannockburn Inn

The Bannockburn Inn, Stafford Street, Helmsdale, KW8 6JY
+44 (0)1431 821 461

A traditional Inn offering food, drink and accommodation. Located 68 miles north of Inverness on the A9. Free parking and Wi-Fi. Walking distance of The River Helmsdale fishing permits available.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Sheiling B&B

The Sheiling B&B, A836, Melvich, KW14 7YJ
+44 (0)1641 531 256

This Melvich based Bed and Breakfast is at the very top of Scotland’s mainland and ideally situated for travellers on the NC 500 with stunning views over the Melvich Bay. The rooms are all spacious and we’ll do everything we can to make your stay comfortable with bedrooms with en-suite or private facilities. All our […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stonechats Croft

9 Upper Badcall, Scourie, IV274TH
+44 (0)1971 502 429

Stonechats Croft is a working croft and B&B in the Scottish Highlands. Said to have the greatest view in the whole of great Britain on a clear day. From the B&B you can see all four mountains: Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Canisp, Mount Quinag clearly and the Atlantic ocean that is studded with islands and Badcall […]

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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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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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Wester Whinhill

Wester Whinhill, Whinhill, Dornoch, IV25 3RW
+44 (0)1862 810 533

Modern, self-catering holiday cottage, set in large garden with superb views. Indoor heated swimming pool & sauna. Flexible twin/super-king beds, sleeps 8, one bedroom with en-suite facilities.

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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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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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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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Wild Orchid Guest House

Wild Orchid Guest House, Durine, Durness, UK, IV27 4PN
+44 (0)1971 511 280

A purpose built guesthouse with eight ensuite rooms able to accommodate seventeen guests. Perfect for larger groups. We have a comfortable guest lounge and serve full breakfast.

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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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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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Highland Trail Motorhomes Ltd

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

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