Discover Sutherland - Your Local Guide

The little crofting community of Elphin can be found in south west Sutherland near the border with the neighbouring county of Ross-shire.

For the visitor, one of the main attractions in this area are the mountains. Walkers and climbers are drawn to the dramatic peaks of the likes of Canisp, Suilven, Cul Mor and Ben More Assynt. As with most of Sutherland, the area around Elphin also has some excellent hill loch fishing.

Much of the local area is part of the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve. Indeed the entire west coast of Sutherland is the location of the North West Highlands Geopark. The Geopark recognises and celebrates the fact that this part of Scotland has some of the most ancient and unique geology in Europe.

Just to the south of Elphin is the Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve. The visitor centre - a unique open-sided construction with a turf roof - explains the local geology and how it has shaped the landscape we see today. There are hands-on displays and a touch screen computer for visitors to explore. There are also marked trails around the reserve and as you explore the landscape you will come across various pieces of rock art and sculptures.

  Explore Elphin
About Elphin

• Elphin Map

• Lochinver
• Loch Assynt

• Explore Sutherland map

• Knockan Crag Website

  The Sutherland Shop
• The Bookshop
• The Art Gallery
• The Giftshop

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Buy scenic prints of Sutherland in the Art Gallery