Sutherland and Caithness walks

Sutherland and Caithness are the most northerly parts of mainland Britain. Northwest Sutherland is a stunning landscape of perfect sandy beaches and sweeping moorland studded with glittering lochans, overlooked by some of Scotland's most remarkable mountains, individual peaks each with great character. The area today is sparsely populated, having been ravaged during the Highland Clearances. Caithness, further east, is more fertile and populated but has some fantastic coastal scenery with dramatic castles, great sandstone cliffs and towering sea-stacks, as well as the larger towns of Wick and Thurso. Further south Sutherland extends to the east coast with a series of settlements along the North Sea; perhaps the finest being the beautiful old town of Dornoch. This area too has some great beaches as well as interesting shorter walks.

All the featured routes are available as free digital route downloads for GPS.

Map of Sutherland and Caithness derived from SVG map of Scotland by Eric Gaba; licenced under CCSA.

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