Discover Sutherland - Your Local Guide
  Activities in Sutherland

Alongside the historic buildings, spectacular scenery and sandy beaches, Sutherland has plenty to offer those who prefer a more active holiday.

That magnificent scenery, lochs, forests, mountains and a varied coastline provides unending opportunities for wildlife and birdwatching enthusiasts.

For the fisherman, Sutherland is hard to beat as the ideal location for a holiday. Its many well-stocked lochs and salmon rivers afford the opportunity to test your skills, and its coastline also provides plenty of opportunities for the sea angler. Field sports such as stalking and shooting are also available, with many of the estates in Sutherland able to organise such activities for their guests.

Golfers are particularly well catered for with many courses throughout the area, ranging from small 9-hole village courses to the world-famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club, one of the top-ranked courses in the world.

For those of an energetic nature, Sutherland is the ideal location for hikers and hillwalkers. Cyclists are also well-catered for. Part of National Cycle Route 1 (Aberdeen to John O' Groats) passes through the area - from Ross-shire the route travels from Ardgay and Bonar Bridge, north through Lairg to Tongue and then along the north coast through Bettyhill and Melvich before heading into Caithness. Mountain bikers are also welcomed, with the Forestry Commission providing a large number of marked bike trails as well as walks in woodlands throughout the area.

There are many other things to do on a visit to Sutherland. Why not visit one of the many historic or archaeological sites, tour a distillery or even try your hand at panning for gold at Kildonan! The options are endless.

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