Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Golspie

Dunrobin Castle

Magnificent Dunrobin Castle, a mile past Golspie, is the Highlands' largest house. Although it dates to 1275, most of what you see was built in French style between 1845 and 1850. A home of the dukes of Sutherland, …
Top Choice Museum in Portmahomack

Tarbat Discovery Centre

This intriguing museum has some excellent carved Pictish stones. When ‘crop circles’ appeared in aerial photos some years ago, the foundations of an Iron Age settlement were discovered around the village church; ong…
Church in Dornoch

Dornoch Cathedral

Consecrated in the 13th century, beautiful Dornoch Cathedral, one of the Highlands' loveliest churches, is an elegant Gothic edifice with an interior softly illuminated through modern stained-glass windows. The cont…
Waterfall in Lairg

Falls of Shin

Four miles south of Lairg, the picturesque Falls of Shin provide one of the best places in the Highlands to see salmon leaping on their way upstream to spawn (June to September). A short, easy footpath leads to a vi…
Historic Building in Strathpeffer

Spa Pavilion & Upper Pump Room

In Strathpeffer's heyday, the Pavilion was the social centre and venue for dances, lectures and concerts. These days it's a renovated performing-arts venue. The neighbouring Upper Pump Room has some splendid display…
Museum in Helmsdale

Timespan

In the heart of Helmsdale, this heritage centre has an impressive display covering local history, including a Pictish stone, the Clearances, the fishing industry and the 1869 gold rush; look out also for the impress…
Distillery in Tain

Glenmorangie

Located on Tain’s northern outskirts, Glenmorangie (emphasis on the second syllable) produces a fine lightish malt, subjected to a number of different cask finishes for variation. The tour is less in-depth than some…
Museum in Tain

Tain Through Time

Set in the grounds of St Duthus Church is Tain Through Time, an entertaining heritage centre with a colourful and educational display on St Duthac, King James IV and key moments in Scottish history. Another building…
Museum in Strathpeffer

Highland Museum of Childhood

Strathpeffer's former train station houses a wide range of social-history displays about childhood and also has activities for children, including a dressing-up box and toy train. In the complex there’s also a gift …
Archaeological Site in Strathpeffer

Eagle Stone

The Eagle Stone is well worth a look. It’s a pre-7th-century Pictish stone connected to a figure from local history – the Brahan Seer, who predicted many future events. The impressive carved eagle is topped by an ar…