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Sutherland, in the Highlands of Scotland, is one of the last great European wildernesses. Only 13,000 people live in the largest county in Britain! Highland Glen Lodges are centrally situated in the heart of all this beauty.

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Day Trips

For our guests who wish to travel further afield we are very fortunate to be situated in a part of the Highland of Scotland that has easy access to both the West and North coast as well as many interesting places to visit and explore in and around the Highland’s Capital of Inverness. We would be delighted to help you plan your own routes but the following are suggestions for day trips without too much time behind the wheel.

The West and North Coast

Drive through Lairg and take the A839 & A837 in toward Ullapool to the Geopark at Assynt-Coigach. Head north towards Kylesku and Scourie and the North coast at Durness where you can visit the John Lennon Memorial. Following the coast road you pass Smoo Cave as well as some beautiful beaches at Ceannabeinne & Sango until you arrive at Tongue Tongue and then follow the A836 back to Lairg.

Highland Clearances and the North Coast

From Lairg this circular trips head north towards Tongue and turn off onto the B873 after Altnaharra towards Bettyhill. The Highland Clearances Trail starts by the shores of Loch Naver and continues along Strathnaver to the sea at Bettyhill. Follow the coast eastwards towards Thurso and a short diversion can take you to Dunnet Head , the most northerly point on the UK mainland. The late Queen Mother’s favourite Castle of Mey stands overlooking the Pentland Firth and is a lovely place to visit or just stop for a Cream Tea. For many John O’Groats is a little disappointing but Duncansby Head is well worth a visit. A short walk from the car park takes you to the top of the cliffs where literally thousands of sea birds nest with a chance to see their chicks during the breeding season, follow the path and you will see the magnificent Stacks of Duncansby rising out of the sea. Continue home along the A9 towards Wick with a 24 hour Tesco store to the Mound passing lovely villages such as Dunbeath and Helmsdale.

Loch Ness and Nessie!

As the name indicates the City of Inverness is at the mouth of the River Ness and the start of the Great Glen and a short drive inland on the A82 brings you to Loch Ness the largest body of freshwater in the UK. As well as providing a chance to catch a glimpse Nessie the monster, the road follows the shores of the loch to Drumnadrochit and then on to the magnificent location of Castle Urquhurt and its superb views of the loch. Continuing along the road to Fort Augustus. Return to Inverness by the B852 which after Foyers hugs the shore of the loch and gives some magnificent photo opportunities of Castle Urquhurt and from Inverness return via Beauly and Dingwall.

Orkney Tour

A popular excursion for guests is a day trip to Orkney. It is possible to drive up to the north coast and arrange your own visit bur we recommend an organised bus trip with The John O’Groats to Orkney ferry. You can pre book your trip to be picked up in Golspie and the bus takes you to the ferry and then offers a variety of tours of the islands. The history of Orkney dates back thousands of years and amongst the sites not to be missed are the Ring of Brodgar stone circle and henge as well as the prehistoric village of Skara Brae. During the 2nd World War prisoners of war were held on the island and The Italian Chapel is a reminder of more recent times. The tour concludes at the ferry terminal for the short trip across the Pentalnd Firth and the return trip to Golspie.

duke of sutherland monument
Duke of Sutherland
west coast bay
Dornoch Beach
dunrobin castle
Dunrobin Castle

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