There’s gold in them thar hills! Gold panning has long been a tradition on Kildonan Burn, just west of Helmsdale and you can try it for free! The majority of this area is uninhabited and makes for lots of walking opportunities, particularly for the keen fisherman. It is well known that this area is one of the best in Europe for salmon fishing.
If you prefer your fish on a platter, Helmsdale and Golspie can both boast to have “possibly the best fish and chips in the northern hemisphere” – and we didn’t get that from a guide book – it’s all personal experience!
Some of the worst aspects of the Highland Clearances were carried out in Sutherland and a stark reminder of these can be found at Croick Church just 10 miles west of Ardgay. After being evicted, many took refuge in the churchyard and you can still see their messages scratched into the windows.