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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kylesku Hotel

Kylesku Hotel, Kylesku, Lairg, IV27 4HW
+44 (0)1971 502 231

We have received a number of awards for our food, most recently from the 2018 Scottish Hotel Awards where we were given the “Informal Restaurant Hotel of the year” for Scotland. We have a passion for food and especially seafood. We are very fortunate to have such a rich larder on our doorstep and are […]

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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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Jail Dornoch

Jail Dornoch, Castle Street, Dornoch, IV25 3SD
+44 (0)1862 810 555

We stock an extensive selection of fantastic products at both Jail Dornoch and Jail at the Airport. Being located in the Highlands of Scotland, and living in such a beautiful place with breathtaking views surrounded by the natural world, the Jail Dornoch country clothing collection has been selected to be worn, used and enjoyed in […]

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The Culkein Store -Jammery and Craft Shop

251 Stoer Lochinver, Culkein, Lairg, 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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Achmelvich Beach

Achmelvich lies 3 miles north west of Lochinver, and 40 miles north of Ullapool, in the north west of the Scotland, accessed by single track road. Achmelvich bay is a great place to see black- and red-throated divers, with occasional sightings of great-northern divers in winter. There have been numerous sightings of porpoises, dolphins, and […]

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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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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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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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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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Bettyhill General Merchants

Bettyhill General Merchants, 190b Bettyhill, Bettyhill, KW14 7SP
+44 (0)1641 521 201

Fuel station, post office, shop and off license

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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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The Halladale Inn & North Coast Touring Park

The Halladale Inn & North Coast Touring Park, Halladale Inn, Melvich, KW14 7YJ
+44 (0)1641 531 282

North Coast Touring Park is a camp site for motor-homes, caravans & tents. We also offer glam-ping pods that sleep up to 4 & 7 people with beds & mattresses, heating, fridge, kettle, crockery & television . Toilet block with showers, dish washing & launderette. The camp site lies adjacent to The Halladale Inn which […]

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The Tongue Hotel

The Tongue Hotel, Tongue, By Lairg, IV27 4XD
+44 (0)1847 611 206

Awarded Small Country Hotel 2018 – Scottish Hotel Awards Built in the mid 1800s and owned by the Duke of Sutherland, The Tongue Hotel boasts 19 unique bedrooms and many original features such as wood panelling, open fires, traditional antique furnishings, genuine exhibits and authentic paintings. Steeped in history, the hotel has a romantic, enchanting […]

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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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Clachtoll Beach

Clachtoll Beach is a small beach close to the small fishing village of Clachtoll. The beautiful white sand beach with turquoise water makes for a amazing spot to visit on your NC500 tour. From the headlands either side of the beach you gain stunning mountain views to the south. For many this would be enough […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Falls of Shin Visitor Centre

Achany, by Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4EE
+44 (0)1549 402 888

Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction is owned by the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, a local charity that built the new award winning visitor centre that opened in 2017. The Falls of Shin are famous for being one of the best places in Scotland to view salmon in their natural habitat. The salmon can be […]

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Brora Beach

Brora beach is a small golden sandy beach with Jurassic rocks and sloping sea front. This rural and unspoilt beach, situated within the village of Brora, is great for wildlife watching. You can sometimes see dolphins, minke whales, and grey and common seals off the coastline, which makes it an ideal place for walking and […]

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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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