Explore Sutherland and Ross

Carn Bhrain and Carn Salachaidh in the distance overlooking Loch Migdale, near Bonar Bridge

A Guide to the South East Sutherland and North East Ross-shire Area

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Often overlooked because it is seen as an area to pass through enroute to elsewhere, the South East Sutherland and North East Ross-shire area is ideal for a full holiday. It is a magical, enchanted area and has a wide variety of scenery and things to do in all seasons. There are beautiful sheltered woodland trails, many with sculptures, waterfalls, and gorges, for those wet days if you still wish to be outdoors. Fairytale castles, sandy beaches, standing stones, historic towns, scenic golf courses, scenic mountain bike trails, and many other features make for a truly varied and interesting Highland holiday in all seasons.

Interestingly, the Kyle of Sutherland, which is an extension of the Dornoch Firth (a designated National Scenic Area), is tidal as far west as Rosehall and slightly beyond into Strath Oykel, making it almost certainly the most westerly section of the east coast in Britain.

We hope you enjoy our slideshow which presents a visual guide to this beautiful and fascinating area. The pictures cover the areas of Easter Ross as far south as Evanton and Glen Glass, and, to the east, the Fearn Peninsula and Tain. In Sutherland, the areas covered are Dornoch in the east; to the northeast the Fleet Estuary, Golspie and Brora; and Altnaharra, Loch Naver, Loch Shin and Loch a'Ghriama to the northwest; the rivers Carron, Oykel, Cassley and Einig, which feed the Kyle of Sutherland; and the area of the west near Ledmore Junction with its fine views of the spectacular Suilven.

  • Ben Hee and Loch Shin from Ord Hill, Lairg

  • Ben Wyvis from the Fearn Peninsula

  • Carn Chuinneag from above Strath Cuileannach

  • Evening light over the Dornoch Firth from near Bonar Bridge

  • Dornoch Firth sunrise from Carbisdale Woods

  • Loch Migdale winter sunset

  • View from the Inver to Portmahomack coast walk

  • The Struie Road and the Dornoch Firth from above Loch Migdale in winter

  • The Kyle of Sutherland from Balblair Woods in winter

  • The cliffs above Shandwick Bay from Hilton of Cadboll

  • Loch Shin from the road to Altnaharra

  • Diebidale Forest from above Glencalvie

  • Morning mist over the hills above the Dornoch Firth from Carbisdale Woods

  • Ben Wyvis from Glen Glass

  • Loch Brora in the evening

  • Ben Klibreck from Hilton, above Culrain

  • Glen Einig

  • Brora golf course

  • Strath Rusdale from above Ardross in the autumn

  • Ardgay from Invercharron Hill

  • Diebidale Forest from above Glencalvie

  • Fields near Portmahomack

  • Portmahomack harbour

  • Carn Salachaidh from Strath Cuileannach

  • Hills above the Dornoch Firth from Carbisdale Woods

  • Seana Bhraigh and Strath Mulzie

  • Carn Salachaidh from the Lairg to Bonar Bridge road

  • Loch Shin

  • Carn Salachaidh and Carn Chuinneag from Cnoc a'Bhaid Daraich

  • Dornoch Firth from Carbisdale Woods

  • Ben More Assynt from the Kyle of Sutherland

  • Dornoch Beach Looking North

  • Carn Bhrain and Carn Salachaidh from Loch Migdale

  • Looking towards the head of Strathcarron

  • Loch Shin

  • Carn Salachaidh from Balblair Woods in winter

  • Kyle of Sutherland from Balblair Woods in winter

  • Suilven from Loch Borralan

  • Brora Beach looking north

  • Ben Klibreck and Loch Shin from Ord Hill, Lairg

  • Carn a'Choin Dearg from above Glencalvie

  • Bonar Bridge golf course

  • Bonar Bridge from Balblair Woods

  • Shandwick Bay, looking south

  • View from Carbisdale Woods track in winter

  • The Dornoch Firth from Newton Point

  • Ben More Assynt and Suilven and the Kyle of Sutherland from Cnoc a'Bhaid Daraich

  • Strath Oykel from Sron Na Croiche near Rosehall

  • Bonar Bridge

  • Dornoch Beach, looking north

  • Amat Forest area from Strathcarron

  • Dornoch Firth from Newton Point

  • Loch Morie, Easter Ross

  • View towards Ardgay from St. Demhan's Churchyard

  • Looking towards Bonar Bridge in the autumn

  • Invercassley from Coille Sron Na Croiche near Rosehall

  • Clach Biorach Pictish stone in Edderton

  • Carn Chuinneag from above Ardross in the autumn

  • Clach Biorach Pictish stone in Edderton

  • Dornoch Bridge from the Ledmore Oakwoods viewpoint

  • Sunset over the Dornoch Firth

  • Shandwick Bay, looking south

  • Loch a'Ghriama

  • The hills behind Brora from the walk to Loch Brora

  • Dunrobin Castle from Carn Liath Pictish broch

  • River Carron from the bridge near Ardgay

  • Clach Biorach Pictish stone in Edderton - Interpretation Panel

  • Enarg Falls, Glen Einig

  • Gleann Mor

  • Loch Morie, Easter Ross

  • Kyle of Sutherland from above Bonar Bridge. Balvaig is hidden among the trees in the middle of the picture.

  • The mountains of West Sutherland from above Glen Alladale

  • Dornoch Firth from between Clashmore and Spinningdale

  • Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve from the road from Embo

  • Carn Salachaidh from Balblair Woods

  • The River Carron

  • Gleann Mor

  • Pictish Gravemarker in Kincardine

  • Dornoch Cathedral - interior

  • Dornoch Firth from above Spinningdale

  • Suilven and Cul Mor from above Loch Migdale

  • Hilton of Cadboll from the Rockfield path

  • Trees in spring in the Invercharron Estate

  • Dornoch Firth from Invercharron Hill above Ardgay

  • The bridge at Rosehall

  • The Oykel Falls

  • Dornoch Cathedral

  • Carn Salachaidh from Carbisdale Woods mountain bike trails in winter

  • Dornoch Cathedral - interior

  • Bonar Bridge from Balblair Woods

  • Loch a'Ghriama

  • Portmahomack harbour

  • Strathcarron from Ardgay

  • Carn Liath Pictish broch

  • Glen Einig

  • Enarg Falls, Glen Einig

  • Bonar Bridge outdoor geological display

  • Dunrobin Castle

  • Dornoch Firth from Achue, Spinningdale

  • Amat Forest from above Glencalvie Lodge

  • Dornoch Beach looking north

  • Carn Chuinneag from above Strath Cuileannach

  • Gleann Mor

  • Kyle of Sutherland from the Invershin to Rosehall Road

  • Glen Alladale

  • The road through Culrain to Balvaig in the snow

  • Invershin railway bridge

  • Kincardine Burn gorge near Ardgay

  • Fyrish from above Alness

  • Rockfield from the path to Hilton of Cadboll

  • Dornoch golf course

  • Loch a'Ghriama

  • Dornoch Firth from Meikle Ferry North

  • Ornamental Bridge on the Big Burn Walk in Golspie

  • The road to Ardgay from Culrain

  • Kincardine Burn and Oldtown Woods near Ardgay

  • Eas Charron Falls

  • Culrain Burn and waterfall

  • Carn Chuinneag from Loch Morie

  • Portmahomack, looking towards Ben Wyvis

  • River Carron

  • Burial mound on Ord Hill, Lairg

  • Ben Klibreck from Hilton, above Culrain

  • Dornoch

  • Woodland path near the Cassley Falls, Rosehall

  • Culrain Burn and waterfall

  • Kincardine Burn, near Ardgay

  • Shin Falls viewpoint

  • Loch Brora and Carrol Rock

  • Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve from near Littleferry

  • Loch Shin

  • Misty autumnal morning from the path to Carbisdale Castle

  • Loch Morie

  • East Amat Falls

  • Culrain Burn and waterfall

  • Cassley Falls, Rosehall

  • East Amat Falls

  • Culrain Burn and waterfall

  • Dornoch Firth from Bonar Bridge

  • Dornoch Firth from between Bonar Bridge and Spinningdale

  • Loch a'Ghriama

  • The Kyle of Sutherland from the Invershin to Rosehall Road

  • Spinningdale

  • Glen Einig

  • Dunrobin Castle Gardens

  • Achue - Spinningdale woodland walk

  • Cassley Falls, Rosehall

  • Culrain Burn lower waterfall

  • Culrain railway bridge

  • View towards Migdale from Torroy, Spinningdale

  • Cromarty

  • Scotsburn - Strathrory walk in winter

  • Suilven from the track to Loch Ailsh

  • Path to Ravens Rock Gorge

  • River Carron in Glen Alladale

  • Big Burn Walk, Golspie

  • Skelbo Woods sculpture trail

  • Path to Carbsidale Woods

  • Nigg Bay RSPB reserve

  • Scotsburn - Strathrory walk in winter

  • Dornoch Firth from Meikle Ferry North

  • Loch Morie

  • Amat Forest from above Glencalvie Lodge

  • Culrain Burn and waterfall

  • Balblair Woods looking towards Bonar Bridge in the autumn

  • Loch Migdale

  • Moss wall on the Big Burn Walk, Golspie

  • Ravens Rock Gorge - sculptured seat

  • Dornoch Firth from the Struie Road junction

  • River Carron

  • View from the top track in Carbisdale Woods

  • View across Loch Brora

  • Kyle of Sutherland from above the Invershin to Rosehall road

  • Path from Balvaig to Carbisdale Castle in early autumn

  • Ravens Rock Gorge

  • Culrain Burn and waterfall

  • Culrain Burn and waterfall

  • Balblair Woods looking towards Bonar Bridge in the autumn

  • Cromarty from the Nigg-Cromarty Ferry

  • Carn Chuinneag from above Loch Migdale

  • View from Carbisdale Woods track

  • Glen Glass

  • Carn Salachaidh from Balblair Woods

  • Carbisdale Woods lochan in the snow

  • Bluebells on the Big Burn Walk, Golspie

  • Path from Carbisdale Castle to Balvaig in autumn

  • Achue - Spinningdale Woodland walk

  • Dornoch Firth from above Spinningdale

  • Scotsburn - Strathrory walk in winter

  • View from above Glen Alladale

  • Invergordon Golf Course in winter

  • Scotsburn - Strathrory walk in winter

  • Scotsburn - Strathrory walk in winter

  • Scotsburn - Strathrory walk in winter

  • Eas Charron Falls

  • Kincardine Church near Ardgay

  • Road to Culrain railway station

  • Tain church

  • Invershin footbridge

  • Invergordon golf course

  • Dornoch Firth from near Bonar Bridge

  • Kincardine Church near Ardgay

  • River Carron

  • Kyle of Sutherland from Bonar Bridge

  • Strath Rusdale

  • Tain Through Time exhibition

  • Dornoch Firth from between Clashmore and Spinningdale

  • Carn Chuinneag from Glencalvie

  • Carn Chuinneag from Glencalvie

  • Carbisdale Woods Trails car park

  • Glencalvie Forest from Glencalvie

  • Loch Migdale

  • Strath Rusdale

  • Carn Chuinneag from Glencalvie

  • View from track through Carbisdale Woods

  • Allt Loch Ruagaidh waterfall

  • Carbisdale Woods lochan in autumn

  • Water of Glencalvie

  • Black Rock Gorge, Evanton

  • Eas Charron Falls

  • Loch Migdale from the Spinningdale end

  • View from the upper bridge over the River Carron

  • Loch Migdale walk entrance

  • East Amat Falls from the upper bridge over the River Carron

  • River Carron gorge

  • Torry Spinningdale path to Loch Migdale

  • Culrain Burn from behind Balvaig

  • Sidhean Mor from Balvaig

  • Kincardine Burn, Ardgay




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