Days out From Dornoch on the NC500 Route
A 10 minute drive from Dornoch, the village boasts a lovely sandy beach ,and a number of great scenic walks, including one at the Big Burn with its spectacular waterfalls. This has to be Golspie’s hidden gem, a spectacular short walk up a gorge , criss crossed by footbridges and ending with a waterfall the distance is about 3km. Check out Golspie Gallery with working studios where you will find the century-old handloom still being used. Historic buildings include St Andrews Church dating back to the 16th century , and one of the grandest most magical fairytale buildings Dunrobin Castle just north of the village, As well as the house and its treasures, the gardens, museum and birds of prey all contribute to an enjoyable visit.
John O’Groats is a small Highland coastal village with a world wide reputation. The drive north to John O’Groats is spectacular in itself and the village is just one of those places you have to see. Head north from Dornoch and the drive will take around 2 hours.
West is Best
Head west with a stunning drive to Ullapool to this most attractive, small, coastal fishing village. Ullapool is the ferry port for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis with a small but busy harbour.
The drive to Ullapool takes 1½ hours. The Summer Isles lie just off Ullapool and boat trips around the Isles are a delight. Alternatively drive further North to Lochinver, As you drive west along A837 be intrigued by two ruins at the east end of Loch Assynt. The shell of Calda House stands close to the road, while the remains of Ardvreck Castle lie a little to the west, on a promontory projecting into the loch. You’ll also enjoy stunning views of Sutherland’s mountains, Suilven and Canisp. The place to eat has to be The Pie Shop in Lochinver. Close by is Achmelvich beach, a sheltered silver bay with safe bathing.