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Welcome to the Sutherland Photographs on Caithness.org.  Why?   Well we go there all the time.  We have to, to get anywhere else.  Not for nothing is Sutherland called Europe's Last Wilderness.  It is a beautiful and rugged area and a contrast to the land beyond the Highlands that is Caithness and before you take the ferry to the islands of Orkney.  The three counties of the north are very different from each other despite their close proximity.   If you are looking for a place to visit then visit the north of Scotland and meet the people of the northern counties.  To get their you will have to pass through Ross-shire another area packed with Scottish history and see Inverness the capital of the Highlands.  A week will never be long enough to see everything of the history, geography and meet the varied communities but however long you have to spend it will be a relaxed and enjoyable stay.

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The Sutherland Photo Collection - 158 Photos

Sutherland From The Air

Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan
If you need to know something about Flora and Fauna in Sutherland then the Biodiversity Plan published in 2003 will probably help.


Early Strathnaver

Burial Grounds of Caithness & Sutherland

An Eighteenth Century Sea Battle
In the Kyle Of Tongue

Sutherland Gardens Open To Public

Brora Museum
Strathnaver Museum

Timespan Visitor Centre - Helmsdale

Curlew Cottage B & B
Aultivullin : Strathy Point : by Thurso : Sutherland  KW14 7RT
Telephone +44 (0) 1641 541235

6 February 2012
Kinlochbervie Photos

23 July 07
First Minister Alex Salmond Unveils Emigrants Statue At Helmsdale

Today First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond MSP unveiled the "Emigrants" statue at Helmsdale. Alex Salmond said, "Today's unveiling of this remarkable new presence in the Highland environment marks an important moment for Scotland. The impulse to create this statue came from a desire to remember, but also to reconcile; to refelct on the past, but to draw on it for the future's strength. The statue was created by sculptor Gerald Laing for the Clearances Centre that was et up to find a way to commemorate all the people of the Highlands who were forced to leave Scotland.  The flags at the statue represent the countries where the emigrants mainly went - Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand but there were many who went to other parts of the globe and a united nations flag is also flown.  A large group of people from many places as well as locally gathered for the ceremony. Professor Eric Richards from Flinders University, Adelaide spoke of the international contribution Scots had made to the world.  Eilidh Mackenzie from the Western Isles sang a haunting gaelic song.  another song was contributed by Rod Paterson from Dundee representing Lowland Scots many of whom were also forced to leave their homeland in times of adversity.  Denis MacLeod, Helmsdale formally handed over certificate of ownership to the Helmsdale Community accepted on their behalf by Edward Mackay.  Sutherland Schools Pipe Band then led a procession to the community centre for more music by Feis Chataibh.  Speakers at the centre included First Minister Alex Salmond and Dr Jim Hunter who has written several books on the clearances and Scots abroad.  Guests then offered a superb buffet prepared in Helmsdale.  A very notable day.
Video Of Alex Salmond Speech and Unveiling of the Emigrants Statue
Video of Eilidh Mackenzie From Isle Of Lewis Singing "Teannaibh dluth is togaibh fonn"
Apologies from Bill for the shaky picture as he was holding an umbrella in one hand and the camera in the other.


12 March 07
Replica of Helmsdale Memorial 'The Emigrants' Heading For Canada
A replica of the 30 foot bronze statue commemorating the Highland Clearances is being cast and shipped to the Canadian City of Winnipeg. 'The Emigrants' memorial in the Sutherland town of Helmsdale was originally cast by Highland foundry Black Isle Bronze in 2003. Founder of Black Isle Bronze, Farquhar Laing (37), received the request for the replica of the three-figure statue from the St Andrew's Society in Winnipeg several months ago. Laing said: "We're delighted with the commission - it's a big piece involving four tonnes of bronze. We're especially pleased to be picking up work from across the Atlantic; there's also a possibility of another replica memorial being commissioned by an organisation in Nova Scotia."

14 January 07
Strathnaver in Sutherland is a fascinating place to take trip through.  The scenic and almost empty strath offers a lovely day out or longer if you want to spend a few days exploring all of the places.  It is easy to reach from Inverness or Caithness if you happen to be on holiday.  The road is mainly single track and the slower pace is relaxing.  The photos were taken on 10 June 2006 and it was a beautiful and warm sunny day.  No attempt has been made to photograph all of the Strathnaver Trail as we will certainly go back to dip into other parts.

19 October 06
Spectacular Aerial Views From Bettyhill and Melvich

These great aerial views were sent in by Gary Shaw who was recently flying his paramotor around the Bettyhill and Melvich area.

26 May 06
Scotland’s First Geopark Starts Rocking For The Summer
North West Scotland will join a Europe-wide network of rock events this week to celebrate its fantastic geological formations. North West Highlands Geopark became Scotland’s first European Geopark last year and is now amongst 25 sites across Europe which will run events about their special geology during European Geopark Week (27th May – 4th June). In the North West there are a range of guided walks on offer, led by the local Rangers and geologists from The British Geological Survey and supported by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Panoramic Views Of Sutherland

Roads In Sutherland
This section will contain photos between different places on roads in Sutherland. 
Mound To Lairg In Autumn

Lairg To Lochinver

17 August 05
A remote Highland primary school, which was mothballed in October 2002 following a drop in the school role to just one pupil, reopened on Tuesday 16th August.  Altnaharra Primary School, in Sutherland opened for the new school session with three pupils in the primary school - Tiegan Johnstone (4 years) – Primary 1; Chloe Murphy (7) – P3; and Etienne Murphy (10) – P 6; as well as two pupils in the nursery class – Christina Bakker (3) and Ryan Johnstone (3).  The decision to reopen the school followed a request from the community for the Council to re-assess educational provision.

Tongue School
A small primary school in North Sutherland in the village of Tongue.  A colourful school with fantastic countryside and views in every direction. 


20 May 05
Walk To Castle Varrich
About an hour or so is required to walk to Castle Varrich and back from the main street in Tongue.  Well worth the effort for the magnificent views of the Kyle of Tongue and surrounding area.
28 April 05
Landscapes Of Sutherland Launch
Wednesday 4 May 2005 SNH Golspie

A new range of promotional material, featuring the landscapes of Sutherland, will be launched in Golspie next Wednesday (4th May). The full colour posters, postcards and schools activity packs have been produced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to raise awareness of the different types of landscapes in the county.

The poster and postcards include quotes from people, including a prominent councillor and a young schoolgirl, on how they feel about their landscapes. The schools activity pack provides guidance on fieldwork relating to landscape, and pointers on how to identify key landscape features. It also invites feedback from children on what they think about their landscapes. Gaelic versions of the postcard set have also been produced.

The package will be launched at the Open Evening event being held by the North Areas Board of SNH at the Sutherland Arms Hotel in Golspie, which begins at 7.30 p.m, with a short talk on the landscapes of Sutherland. There will also be open discussion about the work of SNH in North Highland and all are welcome.

SNH area manager in North Highland, Lesley Cranna, said: "We are very pleased to be launching this new range of material that will promote the Sutherland landscapes which are an important part of our natural heritage. We have sought to reflect the relationship that people have with their landscape, by including the thoughts of four very different Sutherland individuals. I hope people will come along to the launch and perhaps discover a corner of Sutherland which is new to them. Everyone can take away a poster which can be used to promote Sutherland to our visitors, or simply to brighten a wall with our amazing range of landscapes."

The posters and postcards will be available free from SNH in Golspie and Ullapool, while copies will be sent out to local schools along with the schools activity pack.

Helmsdale To Ord Of Caithness Road Improvements

The North West of the Highlands is the first area of Scotland to be awarded UNESCO-endorsed European Geopark status following an announcement made this morning in Sicily during the European Geoparks Networks annual meeting. Geopark status has been awarded to the area which encompasses parts of Wester Ross and the whole of North West Sutherland on the basis of its outstanding geology and landscape, the strength of its partnership approach to sustainable economic development and its existing geological interpretation facilities.  Stretching from Coigach in Wester Ross to Cape Wrath and Loch Eriboll in the north, this 2000 square km area takes in some of the finest mountain and coastal landscapes in Britain and contains a wealth of classic geological localities.

Learable Hill - Strath of Kildonan
Pictures taken on a Caithness Field Club outing.  You can go there any time on a mini adventure back in time as there are remains from many periods to be found on the hill


Kildonan House and Gardens

Strathnaver Trail
A new trail was opened at the Strathnaver Museum , Farr on 30 May 2003.  There are 16 sites to visit on the trail ranging from Neolithic cairns to features from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Strathnaver by Gordon Wilson

County Of Sutherland Web Site
Highland council Service Points

For local council service information
Highland Council Web Site

Sutherland Highland Councillors (6)

Sutherland Schools Information

Discover Assynt
Caves Of Assynt    Short History Of Assynt
Culag Woodland Trust
Assynt Crofters Trust
North West Highlands Geo Park
Assynt Mountain Rescue
Some Accommodation In Assynt
Kerracher Gardens

Bonar Bridge Football Club

Cafe Key

Visit Dornoch
Photographs of Dornoch
Dornoch Historylinks Museum
Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Forsinard - Going With the Flow - an Article
Kinbrace To Forsinard - A Walk
North of Scotland Kart Club

Helmsdale Harbour Campaign - Pier Saved By Funding
Helmsdale United Football Club
Helmsdale Highland Games
Timespan Visitor Centre - Helmsdale

Heritage Centre, Art Gallery and Cafeteria
Discover Lairg
North-West Sutherland Community
Laid, Durness, Rhiconich, Kinlochbervie, Oldshoremore, Achfary, Scourie, Kylesku, Drumbeg, Stoer, Lochinver, Inchnadamph and Elphin

Sutherland Estates
Arneistuath - Vernacular Furniture
Cape Adventure - International
Caithness & Sutherland Trout Angling Group
Mackay Country
Clan Mackay
Clan Mackay - USA
Clan Mackay Association Of Canada
Clan Mackay Society of Nova Scotia
Durness Community Web Site
Am Bratach - Magazine North West Sutherland

Ben Loyal Hotel - Tongue
Falls Of Shin
Clachtoll - The Heart of Assynt

Kinlochbervie Hotel - Has details on some walks
Rootsweb Sutherland
Kinlochbervie Primary School

Kyle Of Sutherland Community Web Site

Sutherland Access Panel

Dornoch Farmers Market
Ashcroft Market Garden - Brora

Kinlochbervie Community Web Site
Lets Go North
Highland Escape
Highland Clearances - Strathnaver, Sutherland
Statue - Duke of Sutherland
Brora Harbour Fun Day
Northern Times Newspaper
North Highland Forest Trust

Sutherland Heritage
Sutherland Partnership
Business Help/Advice
Sutherland Sports Council
East Sutherland Community Care Forum
Crofting Contacts
Clan Hunter
Cape Adventure
Highland Hostels
Caithness & Sutherland Trout Angling Group
Highland Wild Trout Fishing
Rootsweb Sutherland
Smoo Cave

Strathnaver Museum - Bettyhill

Sutherland Masonic Information

Gaulin Estate

Voluntary Groups East Sutherland
Rosehall & District Action Group
Lairg Community
Golspie Community
Kyle of Sutherland

Golspie Area
Golspie Community Web Site

Golspie Gala Week
Golspie Free Church
Golspie Stafford Football Club Website 
Golspie Galaweek Website 
Golspie Youth Action Project
Sutherland Karting Club
Cafekey Golspie
Jennifer Port

Monumental Bike Club

Golspie Youth Action Club

Golspie Golf Club
Golf Links Hotel

East Sutherland Amateur Football Association


East Sutherland Community Directory A Pdf file

Cape Adventure

Smoo Cave

Knockan Crag Visitor Centre  - south Of Elphin
Situated in Ross-shire but whose counting

John Muir Trust

North Of Scotland Way - A Series Of Walks

The Mountains for North West Scotland - Gavin Shaw
Gavin Shaw's Scottish Photo Gallery - See why Scotland is the place to visit

North Coast Leisure Pool
If you are in North Sutherland why not check out the pool at Bettyhill
North Coast Leisure Pool
Bettyhill, by Thurso, KW14 7SS
Tel: 01641 521400   Fax: 01641 521400

Sutherland Swimming Pool Complex
Back Road, Golspie, KW10 6RA
Tel: 01408 633437   Fax: 01408 6330437

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