The county of Sutherland extends from 50 miles north of the Highland capital, Inverness, to the far north-west coast of the Scottish mainland. The area is often described as 'Europe's last great wilderness', but is in fact surprisingly easy to reach by car, train, or plane. The main A9 road and a regular train service give direct access to the east of the county, while airports at Inverness and Wick receive scheduled flights from across the UK.
Dunrobin Castle is in south-east Sutherland, within two miles of the village of Golspie. While Sutherland's west coast is justly famous for its breathtaking mountain scenery and traditional crofting lifestyle, the east coast is increasingly well known for some of the best links courses in the world. Golf courses at Golspie, Brora and Tain, the Championship course at Royal Dornoch, as well as smaller courses at Helmsdale and Bonar Bridge, offer golfers of all abilities an astonishing range of challenges.
Great places to visit include Dunrobin Castle itself, the Royal Burgh of Dornoch, Glenmorangie and Clynelish whisky distilleries, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the late Queen Mother’s home Castle of Mey, the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre where you can see wild salmon leaping up great waterfalls, Smoo Cave at Durness, and of course stand at the top of Britain at John o’Groats. Regular ferries run from Scrabster, near Thurso, to the sublime Orkney Islands.
Tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness suite and bowling green are all available in Golspie. The Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve offers woodland walks and outstanding bird and wildlife.