East SutherlandRiver Fleet
East Sutherland lies north of the Dornoch firth until the start of Caithness above Brora. The county also stetches westwards to Ullapool although its definition can be a bit confusing as most of it has a Inverness-shire postcode and is thus identified by Private House Stays as North Highlands. The area has some good farming land as well as the usual beautiful highland scenery, dotted with whisky distilleries, lochs, rivers and mountains. Dornoch, Tain, Golspie and Brora are all highland towns with their own interesting histories and culture. Dornoch has a world famous championship golf course, the bird watching and coastal scenery are spectacular and the Falls of Shin are also recommended for a visit.
In addition to the Beauty spots linked below, Private House Stays has also identified the following for your consideration: Big Burn Waterfall Walk, Embo Beach Anchor, Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, Ravens Rock Forest Walk, Loch Brora, Loch Morie in Easter Ross, Glen Glass and the Black Rock Gorge near Evanton in Easter Ross , the lovely Cassley Falls at Rosehall River, Achness and the fine Eas Charron Falls in the Amat Forest area, Dornoch Beach, Shandwick Bay at Balintore and Struie Viewpoint.
In addition to the museums linked below, Private House Stays has also identified the History Links Museum, Tain Through Time and the Tarbat Discovery Centre in Portmahomack for your consideration and the art gallery for Stephen Hayward Wood Carving.
There are significant heritage sites that stretch all the way up the East coast of Scotland from Angus to Caithness. One of the more interesting categories of these are those related to the Picts, a mysterious people whose culture and language suddenly disappeared from Scotland. East Sutherland has a significant Pictish trail with stones and artifacts to be found at: Shandwick (in a protective glass case), Hilton of Cadboll (reproduction; original in National Museum of Scotland), Edderton Churchyard, in a field in Edderton (Clach Biorach), in Nigg Church, a gravemarker in Kincardine (Ardgay) Church, St. Demhans Churchyard between Spinningdale and Bonar Bridge, Ardross near Alness (reproductions of which can be viewed outside Ardross Hall), Rosskeen near Alness, a Pictish Museum in Portmahomack, some artefacts in the museum in Tain and a collection of stones at the Dunrobin Castle Museum in Golspie.
There are two whisky distilleries that give visitor tours in the East Sutherland area. The Glenmorangie distillery in actually just south of the Dornoch Firth, but is one of Scotlands smoother pure malt brands.
The outstanding Ancient castle of this area that ranks as grand a baronial palace as can be found anywhere in Scotland is Dunrobin Castle. The ground are quite fabulous and the interiors and architecture as wonderful as any mansion house. The other ancient castles worth looking at are Skelbo castle and Carbisdale Castle (although it was put up for sale in 2015 and may not be open to the public inside).
The most recommended outdoor activity in Sutherland is simply to walk around the area on the country paths to visit the many beauty spots. There is much information supplied by a Private House Stays client on their website: http://www.explore-sutherland-and-ross.co.uk The walks identified are: Culrain Walks | Culrain Burn Walk | Carbisdale Woods Walk | Balblair Woods Walk | Gearrchoille Woodland Walk | Kincardine Burn Walk | Badvoon Forest Walk | Ravens Rock Gorge Walk | Black Rock Gorge Walk | Glen Alladale Walk | Gleann Mor Walk | Glencalvie Walk | Strath Cuilleannach Walk | Glen Einig Walk | Loch Migdale Walk | Achue Walk | Tain Hill Walk | Scotsburn Walk | Fyrish Walk
There are two additional heritage sites identified by Private House Stays in East Sutherland: The Carn Liath Broch and The Achavanich Standing Stones. Dornoch Cathedral is highly rated, Croick Church, Crakaig Gardens and The Sir Hector MacDonald Monument are worth a mention.