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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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 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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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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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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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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Strathy Bay

This is a beautiful, sheltered and enclosed Bay in the heart of Mackay country. Naturally formed with sand dunes it has outstanding views of the Pentland Firth. There is a free car park. Strathy Bay is on a minor road, off the A836 between Bettyhill and Melvich (signposted to Strathy East). Keep left if entering […]

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Weavers

Weavers, Woodend, Rhitongue, Lairg, IV27 4XW
+44 (0)1847 611 332

Weavers is a cafe and gitf shop right on the NC500 just outside Tongue. It has a very large car park and is easily accessible from the main road. Weavers has a great gift shop with a fabulous selection and our cafe serves lovely homemade food. Why not pop in and have your daytime Pit […]

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Inver Park House B&B

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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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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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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Arda Glamping

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

Disconnect from technology, unwind in nature and reconnect with yourself in a Highland Fairytale. Arnor is an off grid cabin that sleeps 2 in a kingsize bed with memory foam mattress. It has a chemical toilet, premier size shower, cold water on tap with kettle and camp stove for heating it. It is well equipped […]

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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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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 Bed and Breakfast, 1 The Pillars, Dornoch, IV25 3HY, United Kingdom
+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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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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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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Acheninver Beach

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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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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Hamlet Mountaineering

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

Hamlet Mountaineering offers you a chance to experience the best the North West Highlands has to offer. Canoeing, Sea kayaking, Rock climbing and guided walks. NC500 Member Discount Available: 10% when booking 2 adults or more Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).

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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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Rustic Tours

264 Achnacarnin, Rustic Cabins, Lairg, Lochinver, IV27 4JG
+44 (0)7495 678 870

Let our Driving and Guiding experience take you on an adventure. From fun Day Trips to Multi-Day Excursion, including North Coast 500 guided Tours. Our small group tours can show you the most breath-taking views and cultural locations in the north of Scotland. But we are not just to drive you to the best places, […]

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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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Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

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

Surrounded by a wild and spectacular landscape of mountains, sea cliffs, beaches and waterfalls, Durness Smoo is a relaxed and friendly base for exploring the area. On a clear night the starry skies are incredible – even better if you are fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights. The hostel has multi-share and private rooms, […]

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Embo House

Dornoch, Sutherland IV25
+44 (0)1738 451 610

Embo House is a breathtaking getaway for families and friends alike. This beautiful, grade A listed property was once owned by the Gordons of Embo and is one of the castles of the Clan Gordon. It has been modernised to create a welcoming home for holidaymakers whilst retaining its original charm. The rooms are all […]

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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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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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Rustic Cabins

265 Achnacarnin, Achnacarnin Chalets, Lochinver 265 Achnacarnin, Achnacarnin Chalets

Self-Catering Holiday Cabins near Stoer Lighthouse. Our Cabins have a large private garden and commanding views of the Assynt peaks. A holiday at Rustic Cabins allow you to relax in comfort, whilst the mountains tempt and inspire you to explore this landscape further. Located on the remote Stoer Peninsula, a holiday at Rustic Cabins can […]

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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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Torrisdale Bay

Explore a mixture of dunes, beach, riverside and moorland, taking in an iron-age broch on this circuit of Torrisdale Bay an area of Special Scientific Interest due to the rare plants and archaeological remains. The walk between the two glens can be hard to follow so navigation skills are needed for this short section.

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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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Simply The Best

Dornoch Retail Park, Dornoch, IV25 3QY
+44 (0)1862 810 340

Opened in 2009 as an outlet for Fairtrade and Fair Trade goods, Simply The Best is recognised by many as offering the widest range in Scotland. Unique, handcrafted, quality products may be found in abundance here; wooden, wire beaded and soapstone sculptures, hand-rolled incense, Himalayan Salt Lamps, Dream catchers, Friendship Bracelets, funky children’s clothes from […]

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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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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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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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Scourie Lodge B&B and Gardens

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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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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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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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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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. Perfect location for all water activities, fishing, walking and mountain climbing.  Achmelvich beach was voted Scotland’s Favourite Beach 2016 by BBC Landward. Laundrette available on site, open all season and a shop and chip shop open during high […]

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Sandwood Bay

Situated on the far north-west coast, Sandwood Bay is thought to be the most remote beach in the United Kingdom. The isolated location means you need to hike just over 4 miles to reach the bay. Start from the car park in the village of Blairmore, north-west of the hamlet of Kinlochbervie on the single-track […]

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