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Bonar Bridge

Bonar Bridge is a small village with shops, cafes, restaurants and other amenities. It also has a well-known iron bridge and a "stone circle" using a selection of Highland stone, featuring geological information about the various rock types in the Highlands of Scotland. Bonar Bridge is a pleasant place to hang out with fine views of the Dornoch Firth and the hills above Strathcarron. It sits at the head of the Dornoch Firth before it gives way to the Kyle of Sutherland and is connected to Ardgay via a pavement / cycle track which runs alongside the road, with fine views of the firth.

Our Bed and Breakfast lies about 5 miles north and west of Bonar Bridge in the small village of Culrain. However, if you are just looking for a one night stopover there is other more suitable B&B accommodation in Bonar Bridge (and Ardgay), though we do sometimes take one-night stays off-season, when there are gaps between existing bookings, and at short notice. The Bonar Bridge area is often treated as just a place to stay enroute to elsewhere, but there is so much lovely scenery and so many beautiful walks in the area, that it merits a much longer stay, and is an ideal base for a full holiday for exploring the north of Scotland.

There is a scenic golf course in Bonar Bridge with fine views of Loch Migdale where there is a series of lovely woodland walks. Also adjacent to Bonar Bridge are the Kyle of Sutherland Mountain Bike Trails in Balblair Woods where there are also walking trails, including a lovely walk through to our B&B in Culrain via the footbridge at Invershin.

Heading east out of Bonar Bridge, there is a fine drive along the Dornoch Firth towards the pretty area of Spinningdale. Enroute there is a churchyard, St. Demhams, where there is a Pictish stone and lovely views across the firth towards Ardgay.

The distinctive bridge from which the town takes its name is infact the third bridge constructed over the narrows. However, the most historically fascinating aspect of the area is the aformentioned Loch Migdale where in 1900, a priceless collection of Bronze Age jewellery dating from around 2000BC known as the Migdale Hoard was discovered. It is also the site of a henge and crannog.

The drive from Bonar Bridge via Ardgay and the Kyle of Sutherland to our B&B is a delightful run, with fine views across and towards the head of the Kyle. Public transport connections include a train from Ardgay to Culrain, and bus services from Bonar Bridge to Invershin from where the footbridge takes one into Culrain. The map of the Bonar Bridge area below shows Culrain in the top left corner.

View from Bonar Bridge looking east towards the Dornoch Firth

View from Bonar Bridge looking east towards Dornoch Firth.

The Stone Circle at Bonar Bridge - geological display

The "Stone Circle" at Bonar Bridge.

Bonar Bridge from Balblair Woods

Bonar Bridge from Balblair Woods.

Bonar Bridge main street looking north

Bonar Bridge main street looking north.



Bonar Bridge Golf Course - one of many fine scenic golf courses in the north east of Scotland. More Pictures of the Bonar Bridge area >>

Bonar Bridge Golf Course
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Glen Alladale Walk | Gleann Mor Walk | Glencalvie Walk | Strath Cuilleannach Walk | Glen Einig Walk
Loch Migdale Walk | Achue Walk | Tain Hill Walk | Scotsburn Walk | Fyrish Walk | Strath Rusdale
Carron Falls | Eas Carron Falls | Cassley Falls | Shin Falls | Allt Loch Ruagaidh Falls | Oykel Falls | Enarg Falls
Struie Road | Oykel Bridge | Glen Oykel | Oykel to Ledmore | Meikle Ferry | Loch Fleet NNR | Seals & Dolphins
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