Local Area


  • Timespan Museum in Helmsdale gives a historical overview of the area and it houses the rare Pictish stone carving found at Borrobol in 2010.
  • Dunrobin Castle at Golspie – the seat of Clan Sutherland.
  • Strathnaver Museum at Bettyhill – local history on north coast.
  • Castle of Mey – previously one of the homes of the Queen Mother, near John O’Groats.
  • Numerous standing stones, remote settlements and ancient monuments, including a 2,000 year old broch on Borrobol.



  • Strathy near Melvich on the north coast. A fairly steep walk down a path gets you to this wonderful, white, sandy bay which has its own cave and a rock formation tunnel. Wild flowers all the way down the path in the summer.
  • Torrisdale and Farr Bay at Bettyhill, north coast. Two more white, sandy beaches.  Torrisdale is big and usually deserted as it is a long walk to get to it.  Farr Bay has a car park and is reasonably near the road.
  • Loth beach, near Brora on the east coast, is a good place to find fossils. Rough track which may need a 4×4. Parking on rough grass at the end of it.
  • Brora, on the east coast. You can walk a long way on this white, sandy beach and there is parking just beside it sign-posted from Brora.
  • Dornoch, east coast.  White, sandy and long.  Easy parking near it.


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