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Caithness, Sutherland & Ross

One of those fine evenings looking west


This is the northernmost region of mainland Scotland where the mountains look tired and seem to fold in on themselves. The land is barren, the horizon stretches further and further and only a mournful wind might be heard. Too poetic, I'm sure.

In spite of all that stark beauty the region abounds with treasure. There are the reminders of an often hard and ruthless past: Ruins of castles and simple dwellings (Clearances!), small museums and the fields of battle where the Scots and Viking raiders clashed.

Site rating

  • A gem! Really a must-see! (***)
  • Intriguing! Worth a visit! (**)
  • Have a look if you are in the area. (*)
  • Although there may not be much to see here, it could be interesting (-)

My very personal selection:

Location: Inchnadamph

Location: Berriedale

Location: Durness

Location: John o'Groats

Location: Forsinard

(See: Scenic Routes: "The Northern Highlands")

And than there are.......

Location: Harpsdale

Location: Wick

Location: Nybster

Location: Tongue

Location: Golspie

Location: Mey

Location: Wick

Location: Golspie

Location: Dornoch

Location: Keiss

Location: Kinlochbervie

Location: Skelbo

Location: Durness

Location: Helmsdale