Discover North Highlands
The two areas of Caithness and Sutherland form Scotland's northern wilderness, north of Inverness. The scenery varies from wild cliffs and tiny islands to lonely moorland and remote sandy beaches with superb panoramic mountain views, plus tree-lined twisting roads and foaming rivers. Here you'll find dozens of ruined castles and ancient monuments, particularly in the east. There are also lots of golf courses and places where you can fish for salmon and trout. The boggy half of Caithness and Sutherland is known as the Flow Country (from the Old Norse word Floi meaning marshy ground).
Things to do in North Highlands
This is one of the top Earth science sites in Scotland. It's recognised worldwide as the place where scientists first discovered a basic principle of geology.
Five Sisters of Kintail
Located in the Kintail National Scenic Area, one of forty areas in Scotland protected from development due to their exceptional scenic beauty, the Five Sisters of Kintail form a high, mountainous ridge approximately eight kilometres long.
A working forest that welcomes walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, etc. Two marked trails pass by the Borgie River and in the spring the gorse blooms are spectacular. Enjoy the A'chraobh near the entrance - a spiral feature created by the locals.
Grey Cairns of Camster
The Camster Grey Cairns are two Neolithic chambered cairns located about 8 miles (14 kilometers) south of Watten and 5 miles (8 km) north of Lybster in Caithness the Highlands region of Scotland. They are date back about 5,000 years, being one of the oldest structures in Scotland.
Smoo Cave is a large freshwater and sea cave located in Durness, Sutherland, in the Highlands of Scotland. Its name comes from the Norse 'smug' or 'smudge', meaning a hole or hiding-place.
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
Sinclair and Girnigoe Castle is located about five kilometers north of Wick's town, on the east coast of the Caithness district in the Scottish Highland Administrative Area. It is considered to be one of the earliest manor houses of the Sinclair Clan.
The Castle & Gardens of Mey
Mey Castle (formerly Barrogill Castle) is situated in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland, about ten kilometers west of John o' Groats, the village that marks the north-eastern tip of the island Britain. On a clear day, the castle overlooks the Orkney Islands.
On the Shores of Loch Assynt lies the ruins of Ardvreck Castle, built in the 15th century Ardvreck Castle was once the home of the Macleods of Assynt. The castle today is a ruin but is amongst some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery, with the dazzling blue Loch Assynt on one side and some of Sutherland's Beautiful Mountains on the other.
Ben Wyvis (Munro)
Ben Wyvis meaning "Hill of Terror," is a mountain in Easter Ross, northwest of Dingwall, in northern Scotland. It is in the Highland region and the county of Ross and Cromarty. The hill is prominent in the views of the area, presenting a whale's back shape above the farmland of Strathconon. Geologically, the ridge is composed of Moine pelitic gneiss.