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Caithness and Sutherland

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Caithness and Sutherland make up the northernmost part of the Scottish Highlands. This is a very sparsely inhabited area with a lot to offer when it comes to unspoilt landscapes and wildlife.

Towns and villages[edit]

Map of Caithness and Sutherland


  • 1 John o'Groats (Gaelic: Taigh Iain Ghròt) – the northernmost point on the mainland of Great Britain
  • 2 Helmsdale (Gaelic: Bun Ilidh) – small fishing village on the east coast know for its highland games festival
  • 3 Thurso (Gaelic: Inbhir Theòrsa) – small town with plenty of shops of places to eat
  • 4 Wick (Gaelic: Inbhir Ùige) – climb the Whaligoe Steps or take a step on the world's shortest street


  • 5 Dornoch – seaside resort with castle
  • 6 Durness (Gaelic: Diùranais) – and the impressive Smoo Cave
  • 7 Golspie (Gaelic: Goillspidh) – and Dunrobin Castle
  • 8 Kinlochbervie (Gaelic: Ceann Loch Biorbhaidh) – small harbour village
  • 9 Kylesku (Gaelic: An Caolas Cumhang)
  • 10 Lochinver (Gaelic: Loch an Inbhir) – village and fishing port

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Get in[edit]

There is two main roads leading to this region. The A9 on the west coast leads up from Inverness via Dornoch and Helmsdale to Thurso, with the A99 forking of to Wick. On the east coast the A835 comes in from Ullapool. From the Orkney Islands a ferry connects from Stromness to Thurso and from St Margaret's Hope to John o'Groats.

By rail the Far North Line runs from Inverness to Wick.

Get around[edit]

The North Coast 500 route, a 500 mile route along the coast, passes through this region.





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