Northern Sutherland

Northern Sutherland in the far north west of the Scottish mainland is an area of mountains, moors, lochs, rock, bog and wild and beautiful coastlines, with welcoming settlements nestled in sheltered locations.

Sutherland comprises of the most north westerly area of the British mainland and is an area of stunning natural beauty, it has a feeling of space and solitude, probably more so than any other area of the mainland. The North Coast 500 scenic route follows the main roads around the coast and provides access to many of the wonderful sights, with many more accessible for the adventurous further off the beaten track. Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro, Ben Loyal, Ben Klibreck, Foinaven and Arkle are the most significant and celebrated mountains in the area, but the hills of the Reay Forest south of Foinaven provide exceptionally rough and wild terrain away from the “crowds” and The Flow Country is a unique expanse of blanket bog and peatland wilderness.

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Dun Dornaigil Broch and Ben Hope by night, Northern Sutherland
Dun Dornaigil Broch and Strath More
Dun Dornaigil (or Dun Dornadilla) is an excellent example of an iron age broch built around 2000 to 2500 years ago. These dry stone tower structures are unique to Scotland and are mostly found in the north and west highlands and islands, built perhaps for defense or status. At its ...
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Loch Eriboll and Ard Neackie Panorama, Northern Sutherland
Ard Neackie & Loch Eriboll
Ard Neackie is a small scenic peninsula on the east side of Loch Eriboll joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus and has an interesting history of lime quarrying (from the outcropping Durness Limestone), lime kilns, and as former home to the Heilam Ferry across Loch Eriboll. Just before ...
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Late afternoon on beautiful Ceannabeinne beach (Traigh Allt Chailgeag)
Ceannabeinne Durness – Grey November Day but Still Beautiful
Saturday was a grey day in the far north, there was some mizzle in Caithness to start. The forecast had seemed okay so I set out with my boy to head west and do something. No firm plans, just a need (on my part) to get out of the house ...
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Photo of Dawn over the Kyle of Tongue
Ben Hope Summit Camp
Back in July I had a free weekend that coincided with good weather in the north west. This generally seems to be a rare occurrence with good weather appearing to only happen during the working week. Whilst having climbed Ben Hope many times I had never spent a night high ...
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Photo of a Puffin surveying the geo around Wester Clett, "Puffin Island"
Puffin Colony – Wester Clett, Sutherland
Just on the Sutherland side of the Sutherland/Caithness border is a deep geo, or coastal inlet, with a steep sided island called Wester Clett in the middle. Wester Clett has been popularly named "Puffin Island", which is fair enough given the number of puffins here in the summer months. The ...
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