Top things to do in North & West Coast

Top Choice Ceramics in Tongue to Durness

Lotte Glob Ceramic Studio

Amid the harsh beauty of the coastline, it's quite a surprise to come across this beautifully designed modern 'sculpture croft', where the resident artist takes inspiration from the sea and landscapes. Her pieces (p…
Top Choice Modern Scottish in Bettyhill

Côte du Nord

Brilliantly innovative cuisine, wonderfully whimsical presentation and an emphasis on local ingredients are the highlights of the excellent gastronomic degustation menu here. It's an unlikely spot to find such a gou…
Top Choice Park in Durness to Ullapool

Northwest Highlands Geopark

As you head south from Durness, heather gradually gives way to a rockier landscape of Lewisian gneiss pockmarked with hundreds of small lochans. This is the most interesting zone geologically in the UK, with Britain…
Top Choice Beach in Kinlochbervie & Around

Sandwood Bay

South of Cape Wrath, Sandwood Bay boasts one of Scotland’s best and most isolated beaches, guarded at one end by the spectacular rock pinnacle Am Buachaille. Sandwood Bay is about 2 miles north of the end of a track…
Top Choice Seafood in Plockton

Plockton Shores

This restaurant attached to a shop has a tempting menu of local seafood, including good-value platters with langoustines, mussels, crab, squat lobster and more, and succulent hand-dived tempura scallops. There's als…
Top Choice Cafe in Loch Maree & Around

Whistle Stop Cafe

A colourful presence in the former village hall, this is a tempting place to drop by for anything from a coffee to enticing bistro fare. There are great daily specials and delicious home baking, juices and smoothies…
Top Choice Gardens in Gairloch & Around

Inverewe Garden

Six miles north of Gairloch, this splendid place is a welcome splash of colour on this otherwise bleak coast. The climate here is warmed by the Gulf Stream, which allowed Osgood MacKenzie to create this exotic woodl…
Top Choice Cafe in Durness

Cocoa Mountain

At the Balnakeil craft village, this upbeat cafe and chocolate maker offers handmade treats including a chilli, lemongrass and coconut white-chocolate truffle, plus many more unique flavours. Tasty espresso and hot …
Top Choice Gastropub in Applecross

Applecross Inn

The perfect shoreside location for a sunset pint, with its spectacular vistas of Skye, Raasay and the sea, this remote inn is deservedly renowned. On offer are mostly simple but tasty blackboard specials concentrati…
Top Choice Seafood in Scourie & Handa Island

Shorehouse Seafood Restaurant

By the ferry pier for Handa Island Nature Reserve, Shorehouse is a restaurant and cafe in a lovely setting, looking across the sound to the sandy beach on Handa Island. There's a conservatory and outdoor terrace tha…