Dornoch, Lairg and East Sutherland

Dornoch, Lairg and East Sutherland

The eastern part of Sutherland has a gentler landscape and a larger population than the rest of the county. It is perhaps best known for golf; the Championship course at the Dornoch being rated one of the best in the world, but the area has much to offer the more general visitor. Dornoch itself is a fine and characterful old town whilst the beaches along much of the coast provide splendid, bracing walks.

The massive monument on Ben Bhraggie dominates this stretch of coastline and is a reminder of why the landscape inland is so much emptier. Lairg is the largest village in this area and provides lifeline services to people living far to the north and west.


Walk Grade Length Time
Raven's Rock Gorge, near Rosehall grade1.5km 35 minutes
Gunns Wood, Lairg grade2.25km 40 minutes
Skelbo Forest, near Dornoch grade2.5km 1 hour
Big Burn, Golspie grade3km 1 hour
Falls of Shin grade3.25km 1 hour
Cassley Falls and Rosehall Forest grade4km 1 - 2 hours
Balblair Forest, near Bonar Bridge grade4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Ferry Wood and the Ord, Lairg grade5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Carbisdale Castle circuit grade6.25km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Dornoch Point grade6.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Littleferry and Loch Fleet grade7km 1.5 - 2 hours
Loch Migdale grade7.5km 2 hours round trip
Loch Fleet and Balblair Wood grade7.5km 2 hours
Dornoch links and Embo circular grade8.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Helmsdale Explorer gradegrade6km 2- 2.5 hours
Ledmore and Migdale Forest, near Spinningdale gradegrade8.75km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Badvoon Forest circuit, near Ardgay gradegrade9.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Ben Bhraggie, Golspie gradegrade9.5km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Brora to Golspie coastal walk, Brora gradegrade11km 3 - 3.5 hours
Càrn Chuinneag, Strath Carron, Ardgay gradegradegrade18.5km 5.5 - 6.5 hours
Càrn Ban via Alladale gradegradegradegrade38.5km 11 - 12 hours
John o' Groats Trail gradegradegradegrade 235.5km 14 Stages

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