Clynelish Farm B&B provides the perfect accomodation for exploring Brora and Sutherland.
This spectacular castle is quite unlike any other in the Highlands. The incredible gardens and french style additions make it a must see attraction. Falconry displays daily at 11am & 2pm. www.dunrobincastle.co.uk
A short and convenient stroll from the house is Clynelish Distillery.The water from the Clynemilton burn (stream) runs over seams of gold in the rock and it is this water that produces a fruity, waxy, slightly smoky single malt.
Distillery tours and tastings can be booked in advance or on arrival. www.discovering-distilleries.com/clynelish
Famous for its James Braid links courses, the far North of Scotland is one of the most scenic places you can swing a club.
Brora Golf Course – www.broragolf.co.uk
You may have to wait for the sheep and cows to vacate the first tee, but this course in one of the big drawcards of the area. Incredibly picturesque and a great course to play, this 194 acres of Scottish Links is much the same now as it was when Braid planned it in 1923.
A horseback trek is one of the best way to see the area. Highland Unbridled (www.highlandsunbridled.co.uk) offers short or long treks for beginners through to experienced riders and is a opportunity not be be missed if you have a few days in the area.
Just over 60 miles from the north coast, Brora is a popular spot for a first or last night stop on the long haul trip between Lands End and John O’Groats. For those on shorter trips or using the train lines to get their bikes from place to place, there are some excellent local loop rides on quiet, scenic roads.
The spectacular landscapes and vast open spaces continue to draw outdoor enthusiasts to the Highlands. The East Coast can sometimes be overlooked for the more dramatic rocky mountains of the West, but this part of the country offers some of the best walks around, with less traffic to contend with.
From a short and gentle beach amble to tough long mountain climbs, there is a walk for everyone of every age. Walk Highlands offers some great advice on the best places to walk locally.
The Forestry Commission also maintain a large number of paths for public access.
For the keen fisherman, the rivers of East Sutherland are a great place to spend some days trying to hook a salmon or trout.
Permits are available for the public to fish the tidal water of the River Brora from 1 April- 15 Oct on a fly only basis. The permit allows the visitor to fish for Salmon and Sea Trout and are available from Brora Crafts. http://www.theriverbrora.co.uk/
The Helmsdale River is very famous and the 1.5 mile stretch of river closest to Helmsdale is available for Individual and family tickets on either a daily or weekly basis and, whilst it is often possible to buy these at relatively short notice, it is worth booking in advance as only eight tickets are issued a day.
For the more relaxed fisherman or families wanting to enjoy a day out, you can cast a line off Brora beach. No guarantees you’ll come home with dinner, but it’s a nice way to spend a day out.
The Wild Cat trails (www.highlandwildcat.com) will take you to the top of Ben Bhraggie, the mountain overlooking Golspie and home to the controversial Duke of Sutherland Monument. From here you’ll get amazing views of East Sutherland before taking one of the many trails back down.
With a reputation built on the quality of purpose-built trail, particularly the black and red routes, those with high level skills will find this a challenging and rewarding course to tackle.
The trails were designed with all level of rider in mind, and there are also many gentle
From this point there is the longest single track descent in the UK at around 7000m trail.
More than 50% of the Scottish population once lived in the Highlands. The landscapes of Caithness and Sutherland are littered with prehistoric remnants. From Brochs to castles and long forgotten villages, there is a range of historic monuments to explore, giving you a much deeper understanding of this once busy and bustling region.