Top things to do

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 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 Seafood in Portmahomack

Oystercatcher

Seafood aficionados shouldn’t miss this quirky restaurant, which serves brilliant fare in a small room on the Portmahomack waterfront. Lobster is a specialty and beautifully done; other dishes have French roots and …
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 Seafood in Thurso & Scrabster

Captain’s Galley

Classy but friendly Captain’s Galley, by the Scrabster ferry, offers a short, seafood-based menu featuring local and sustainably sourced produce prepared in delicious ways that let the natural flavours shine through…
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…