Sutherland is that large area of the Highlands between Ross and Cromarty and Caithness covering an area of over 2000 square miles. The landscape is varied with wooded areas, mountains, flow country, moorland, lochans, rivers, and three separate coastlines. The North Coast 500 route takes you through a lot of this area. Time your visit to fit in with one of the local events such as the Highland Games, a ceilidh, gala or sheepdog trial. Look out for local community events in public halls.
Enjoy a summer’s day on one of its many beautiful sandy beaches. Choose from a myriad of different walks along the coast, through the woodland, by the river, past lochs and lochans or through moorland. Visit a nature reserve, one of the areas National Scenic Areas or Geo Parks. Look out for wildflowers, ospreys, wigeon, curlew, shelduck, red deer, golden eagles, otters, dolphins, whales, seabirds and many many more types of wildlife. Learn the history of the area and the story of the clearances and visit some of the delightful towns and villages such as Dornoch, Golspie and Helmsdale.