Visitor Attractions

Visitor Information - Northern Highlands

History and Heritage



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Northern Highlands:  Accommodation

The Northern Highlands covers a vast area, in fact the whole of mainland Scotland north of a line roughly from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. Large towns are few and far between. The wild and remote west coast is indented by numerous sea lochs. Inland, mountain ranges offer the walker and climber some of the finest scenery in the land.

The Old Man of Stoer

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Dornoch Cathedral

Dornoch Cathedral

The cathedral, with its elegant stained glass windows, dates back to the 13th century.

Achanlochy Village

Achanlochy Clearance Village, Strath Never, south of Bettyhill, Caithness. This deserted village was once home to those inhabitants evicted during the Clearances.

Mary-Ann's Cottage

Near Dunnet, Caithness. The cottage gives a glimpse of crofting life over the last 150 years.

Beauly Priory

Beauly Priory

Beauly. The priory was originally built in the thirteenth century.

Hugh Miller's Cottage

Cromarty. Birthplace of the famous geologist and writer. Museum offering video presentation and displays illustrating his work.

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle

Ten miles north of Dornoch. Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and is certainly one of the most majestic, having almost 200 rooms.


Museums and Galleries:

Smithy Heritage Centre

Ribuachan, near Lochcarron. A restored blacksmith's workshop and forge. Local history displays, woodland walks, picnic site.

Gairloch Heritage Museum

Gairloch Museum

Reflects the history of the parish of Gairloch: its people, their life, work and customs, the landscape and local skills such as spinning and fishing. Displays and changing exhibitions throughout the season.

Groam House Museum

Rosemarkie. Displays of original Pictish stones. Exhibitions throughout the year.

Tarbat Discovery Centre

Tarbat Discovery Centre

The centre overlooks Portmahomack, an unspoilt village on the picturesque Dornoch Firth.

Highland Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood

Strathpeffer, near Dingwall. The museum has collections of dolls, toys, games, books, costume and textiles.


Dornoch. Museum depicting the history and heritage of Dornoch.

Storehouse of Foulis

Storehouse of Foulis

Foulis Ferry, north of Inverness. Housed within the renovated storehouse are a series of entertaining, informative and educational history and wildlife exhibitions.

Timespan Heritage Centre

Helmsdale. An arts and heritage center that tells the history of Helmsdale and its surrounding area in Sutherland, north east Scotland. Experience Helmsdale's highland heritage, fashioned over centuries. From Picts and Vikings, through murders at Helmsdale Castle, the last burning of a witch and the harrowing highland clearances.


Parks and Gardens:

Kerrachar Gardens

Kerrachar Gardens

Near Kylesku, on the shore of Loch a Chairn Bhain, access is only by boat. Remote gardens, plant sales.

Black Isle Wildlife Park

Drumsmittal, near North Kessock. Large collection of exotic animals and birds.

Attadale Gardens

Attadale Gardens

Strathcarron. Woodland paths, waterfalls, ponds and restored sunken garden. Restaurant and craft shop.

Inverewe Garden

Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, this impressive garden is set on the shore of Loch Ewe, near Poolewe. Exotic plants from around the world.


Visitor Attractions:

Corrieshalloch Gorge

Braemore, near Ullapool. Spectacular mile long gorge, includes the 150ft Falls of Measach, viewing platform.

Achiltibuie Hydroponicum

Achiltibuie Hydroponicum

Its spectacular growing houses produce extraordinary results. Everything from lettuces to bananas can be seen in various climate zones.

Tain Through Time

Tower Street, Tain. Includes the Pilgrimage Centre, Tain and District Museum and the Clan Ross Centre.


The Torridon Visitor Centre has information and displays on all aspects of this spectacular mountain area. Ranger-led walks are available.

The Studio

Achnasheen, Wester Ross. The Studio shows the largest collection of contemporary jewellery in the Highlands. Wholefood cafe.

Viking Centre

Northlands Viking Centre, Keiss, near Wick. Displays and exhibits charting the progress of Viking settlers in the area. Reconstructed longship.

Camster Cairns

Achiltibuie Hydroponicum

Camster Cairns are probably the best known neolithic site in Caithness. The local area is rich in remains, including cairns, cists, and a stone row. The Camster Cairns consists of two chambers: Camster Long and Camster Round.

The Camster Cairns are well worth a visit, even when the sun is not shining. You get a feel for the atmosphere and the hard conditions that the first settlers were exposed to. Access is easy, with road side parking, itís free, and there is a made up walk way from the road to the cairns.


Sports and Activities:


Royal Dornoch Golf Course

Royal Dornoch Golf Course. Views across Dornoch Firth.

Fairburn Activity Centre

Fairburn Activity Centre

Fairburn Activity & Conference Centre: Muir of Ord

Offering multi activities courses, conference facilities, team-building events and more...





Handa Island is a seabird reserve. Boat tours are available from Tarbert.

Marine Wildlife

Gairloch Marine Life Centre has interpretive displays and a video presentation of seals, whales, dolphins and porpoises. Cruises are available.

Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath Lighthouse

Normal access to the Cape Wrath peninsula and lighthouse is via a passenger ferry and minibus, dependent on the tides. Contact Mathers Shop in Durness for details.

Smoo Cave

Smoo Cave

Near Durness, Sutherland. Boat trips are available and a walkway takes you into the cave's inner chamber.

Caithness Seacoast Tours

Caithness Seacoast Tours

Coastal tours organised from Wick Harbour in a twin engined 10m (33ft) long Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) 'Geo Explorer'. See website for details.


Car Hire:

Ross Rentals

tel: 01520 722205


Selected Accommodation in the Northern Highlands


Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Aultbea Hotel, Aultbea
Caledonian Hotel, Portmahomack
Kinlochewe Hotel, Kinlochewe
Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch
Royal Marine Hotel, Brora
Inver Lodge Hotel, Lochinver
Mansfield Castle Hotel, Tain
Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer
Castle Arms Hotel, Mey, Thurso
Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet
Overscaig House Hotel, Lairg
Borgie Lodge Hotel, Tongue
Castletown Hotel, Thurso
Strathy Inn, Melvich
Altnaharra Hotel, Lairg
Summer Isles Hotel, Achiltibuie
Forss House Hotel, Thurso
Argyll Hotel, Ullapool
Ord Arms Hotel, Muir of Ord
Kinlochbervie Hotel, by Lairg
Lairg Highland Hotel, Lairg
Borgie Lodge Hotel, Tongue
Tuckers Inn, Invergordon
Inchbae Lodge, Garve
Park Hotel, Thurso
Ferry Boat Inn, Ullapool
Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer
Seaview Hotel, John O'Groats
Sinclair Bay Hotel, Keiss, Wick
Bank Guest House, Wick

The Old Smiddy Guest House, Laide, Aultbea
Polcraig Guest House, Lochinver
Dunbius B&B, Tain
John O'Groats Guest House, John O'Groats
Tigh Nan Ubhal, Tongue
Pentland Lodge House, Thurso
Seaview, Wick
Harbour House, Wick
Love Croft Guest House, Laide
Lochaille Guest House, Brora
Carndaisy House, Muir of Ord
Dunbius Guest House, Tain
The Old Manse, Lochcarron
Scourie Guest House, Scourie
Cooling View Guest House, Portree, Skye

Chestnut Villa, Muir of Ord
Hillview Park B&B, Muir of Ord
Braemore Square Country House, Ullapool
Birch Cottage, Garve
Auchlea Guest House, Dornoch
Aird Hill B&B, Gairloch
Water's Edge, Fortrose
Cartomie, Edderton, Tain
Mount Pleasant, North Kessock
Auld Post Office, Wick
Tranquility, Aultbea
Strathdale House, Aultbea
Tigh Na Failte, Ullapool
Impala, Wick
Loch Dubh, Lochcarron
Ben Wyvis Views, Culbokie
Mo Dhachaig, Inverasdale
The Bothy, Tongue
Craigieview, North Kessock
No 125 B&B, Kinlochbervie
Garfield House, Dingwall
Treetops, Muir of Ord
The Sithean, Lochcarron
Split Rock Croft, Lochinver
Rona, Lochcarron
Pathend B&B, Lochcarron
Birchwood, Munlochy
The Sheiling, Melvich
Marsule, Dingwall
Fairfield House, Dingwall
Highcroft, Dornoch
Beachcombers B&B, Tain
Tain Links B&B, Tain
Factor's House, Cromarty
The Old Manse B&B, Dornoch
B&B @ No7, Kinlochbervie
Newton Croft, Conon Bridge
Rua Reidh Lighthouse, Gairloch
Autumn Gold B&B, Dingwall
Randolph House, Wick
Woodburn Lodge, Lairg
Scourie Lodge, Scourie
Castle Cottage B&B, Lochcarron
Urrard B&B, Dingwall
White Lodge, Strathpeffer
Arkle View B&B, Kinlochbervie
Wild Orchid B&B, Durness
The Birches B&B, Dingwall
Aurora B&B, Thurso
Greenacre B&B, Alness

Self Catering



Links View Apartments & Cottages, Brora
Ataireachd Ard, Brora
Glachachro Cottage, Torridon
Tigh na Reultan, Ullapool
Lochcarron Holiday Properties, Lochcarron
Whindley House, Gairloch
Old Mission Hall, Cromarty
Embo Escape, Embo, Dornoch
Links Cottage, Dornoch
Tigh Brachen, Diabaig, Torridon
Sea Croft, Melvaig, Gairloch
Cairn Shiel, Kinlochewe
Raasay & Rona, Melvaig, Gairloch
Waterfront Cottage, Ullapool
Tarrel Farm Cottage, Portmahomack
Kilcoy Chalets, Tore, Black Isle
Clashview Cottage, Kinlochbervie
Valhalla, Helmsdale
Seasidecroft, Poolewe
Highland Glen Lodges, Lairg
Seagulls, Ullapool
Doric House, Rosemarkie
3 Ardarroch, Kishorn
Rose Cottage, Badachro, Gairloch
Greenhill, Achiltibuie
Hamilton Cottage, Tain
Achard, Lochinver
Fodderty Lodge, Dingwall
Cathair Dubh Cottages, Lochinver
Hillockhead Cottages, Fortrose
An Tigh Earna, Scourie
Dornoch Square Mews, Dornoch
Inchard, Rhiconich
Polbain Cottage, Achiltibuie
An Grianan, Kinlochbervie
Fearnmore Church, Applecross
The Steading, Achiltibuie
Duncorann House, Wick
The Pines, Kinlochewe
Welcome Cottage, Avoch, Fortrose
The Hoose, Helmsdale
Glenmuir Cottage, Dornoch
Craiglea, Latheronwheel
Craig Cottage, Kenmore
Gran's House, Torridon
The Cottage, Strathpeffer
Birch Cottage, Helmsdale
Bairlinnean, Thurso
Caisteal Liath Cottages, Lochinver
Craigmor and Cranstackie Cottages, Durness
Ceannabeinne Cottage, Durness
Sandwoodway, Kinlochbervie
Aultbea Lodges, Aultbea
Broom and Burn Cottages, Lairg
Campbell House, Shieldaig
Burnside Cottage, Brora
Waterside Cottages, Poolewe
Estuary View Cottage, Brora
Clynelish Muir Cottage, Brora
The Barn, Lairg
Black Isle Cottage, Tore, Dingwall
Anacaun Cottage, Kinlochewe
Aultibea Cottage, Rogart
Highland Haven, Lochinver
Gowan Cottage, Gairloch
Creag Mhor Chalets, Gairloch
Big Sky Lodges, Muir of Ord
Birchwood House, Gairloch
Bothan Aisir, Oldshoremore
Post Office Flat, Tongue
Little Woodside, North Kessock
Harrow Cotages, Mey
Hallival, Ullapool
Riverside Apartments, Wick
Ewe View Holidays, Aultbea
The Apartment, Aultbea
The Rowans, Strathpeffer
Creag Hastin, Gairloch
Transvaal House, Durness
Keiran's Hoose, Plockton
The Old Crofthouse, Dundonnell
Rooms to Rent, Invergordon
Cruachan Holiday Home, Lochinver
Tarbat View, Helmsdale
Summer Cottage, Brora

Thurso Bay Holidays, Thurso
Dornoch Firth Caravan Park, Tain

Kinlochewe Hotel Bunkhouse, Kinlochewe
Helmsdale Hostel, Helmsdale
Aultbea Caravans, Aultbea
Balintraid House, Invergordon
Durness Youth Hostel, Durness
Hartfield House, Applecross
Kyle of Tongue Hostel, Tongue


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