A land of unrivalled beauty, Sutherland has been described as the last great wilderness in Britain; it is one of the most remote and sparsely populated parts of Scotland. The rocks of Sutherland’s hills and shores are more than half as old as the Earth itself, and among the oldest in Europe. Nowhere is the richness and diversity of the area’s landscapes, habitats and wildlife seen more clearly than in the area of the North-West Highlands Geopark, most of which is in Sutherland.
Guarded by Dunrobin Castle, the ancestral home of the Sutherland family, the eastern fringe of Sutherland is graced by golden sand beaches, and by some of the finest golf courses in the world. Salmon abound in such famous rivers as the Brora and Helmsdale. Magnificent mountains and unspoilt lochs crown Sutherland’s heartland, while Durness, in the far northwest, possesses a golf course renowned for its 9th hole where golfers play a shot across the Atlantic, over a deep, wave-washed inlet. Kinlochbervie, a busy port on Sutherland’s dramatic west coast, is adjacent to wonderful beaches including the remote and lovely Sandwood Bay.
Despite its location, Sutherland has modern travel and communications connections with the rest of the country. The main A9 trunk road links Sutherland to Inverness and the south, as does the railway line. There are also airports within easy reach at Inverness and Wick-John O Groats. Sutherland is easy to get to and yet, once there, you feel that you are a million miles away from the rest of the world.