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About Sutherland

Perched in the north of the Scottish Highlands, Sutherland is a nature lover’s paradise, with spectacular scenery — from craggy mountains to magnificent sandy beaches — and stacks of outdoor activities to enjoy. The region’s accommodation options range from simple B&Bs to gorgeous hotels with excellent restaurants, suited to a whole host of budgets. The best places to stay in Sutherland promise a warm Highland welcome and heaps of local recommendations for visitors eager to don their hiking boots, pick up their fishing rods or to take to the waters and explore the area.

At the heart of the hugely popular North Coast 500 route and including dramatic Cape Wrath, Sutherland makes for a a gorgeous stop on a longer Highland journey, as well as offering a wonderfully remote escape in its own right. Ramblers and families can stroll along picturesque beaches, circle lovely lochs and attempt sections of the Scottish National Trail — ideally armed with a terrific hotel picnic. Keen hikers, on the other hand, can clamber up the wild Assynt Hills, and will find the views from Suliven, the most famous of the mountains, particularly rewarding. Wherever you choose to stay, the team at your hotel or B&B will happily point you in the right direction for some seriously impressive on-foot exploring.

Golfers will be drawn to the seaside town of Dornoch, the largest in the region, which boasts the world-famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club, home to a highly regarded Championship Course featuring panoramic views of the hills and the sea. An appealing market town, Dornoch has some fantastic hotels, as well as sites of historic interest, including Dornoch Cathedral.

Alternatively, try kayaking, paddle boarding or canoeing on glassy lochs and calm seas, head out wildlife-spotting with an expert guide, catch salmon or sea trout in Sutherland’s rivers, or admire the unique landscape from atop a mountain bike or on horseback.

Whether you’re envisaging an active family holiday or dreaming of a quiet couples’ retreat, the best places to stay in Sutherland offer a magical blend of cosy beds, delicious dishes crafted from superb seasonal produce, and a vast array of things to see and do in a secluded and spell-binding region.

The Best Places to Stay in Sutherland

For the Views

  • Mackay's Rooms is a luxurious seven-bedroom B&B set in beautiful Durness. Stay here for glorious coastal views, feather-topped beds and oversized baths, as well as fresh, flavourful breakfasts and picnic hampers perfect for exploring. A remote, romantic choice, great for getting lost in the north-west corner of the Scottish Highlands.

  • Kylesku Hotel offers charming boutique rooms on the shores of Loch Glendhu. The vibe is chic, contemporary and pared-back, with lots of creams and blue-grey tones. Explore this stunning region on foot, by boat, kayak or horseback, or try fishing and hit the beach with the kids before retiring to the atmospheric restaurant-with-views. Family suites make this a top pick if travelling with little ones, who will find so much to discover.

  • Inver Lodge boasts 21 well-appointed rooms with spectacular views. Nestled in the village of Lochinver, this is a top-notch base for salmon and sea trout fishing on the Rivers Inver and Kirkaig, as well as hiking in the Assynt Hills, stalking and and wildlife spotting aplenty. One for nature lovers in search of a striking setting and fantastic food, with much of the restaurant’s produce sourced from the owner’s private estates. Wonderful!

For Golfers

  • Links House offers eight elegant bedrooms in a striking location alongside the Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Think spacious, comfortable rooms with tweed headboards and lovely armchairs, roaring fires and excellent food in the fine-dining restaurant. There’s fishing, shooting, walking and horse-riding nearby, too. A smart, luxurious stay, especially suited to golfers.

  • 2 Quail is a cosy, characterful B&B in Dornoch, with three tartan-clad bedrooms and hearty breakfasts perfect for big days of golf. Pick this place for its central Dornoch location, great value and friendly feel. A whisky in the book-lined lounge beckons!

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  • Fly to Edinburgh International Airport and continue north by bus or train. The journey to Dornoch should take about four hours.
  • Sutherland is best explored by road as it is in such a remote part of Scotland. The roads are striking, and it’s worth looking into the North Coast 500 route if you are planning to drive. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect long days between April and September, with plenty of sunshine. July and August are the warmest months, but the nights are cool. This is still Scotland: bring your raincoat and wellies for when you’re out exploring. Cosy evenings by the fire will be even more rewarding when the weather gets really cold!



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Best Hotels in Sutherland

  • 2 Quail Dornoch 3 rooms from £80

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a central location and with easy access to the town's sights and surrounding countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Dunrobin Castle, part of which dates from the 14th century.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy blustery walks along the picturesque beach.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 10 are welcome
    TennisPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    A quaint town house in the heart of historic Donorch. Charming rooms are traditional in style with antique furniture and chintz fabrics. A cosy lounge complete with tartan carpets and open fireplace is the perfect spot to sip on a local whisky. A delightful stay. See More

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  • Scourie Hotel Scotland, Sutherland 24 rooms from £105

    Fishing  -  This is primarily a fishing hotel — offering fishing across more than 300 lochs and lochans in more than 20,000 acres
    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by dramatic and beautiful countryside, this is a destination to come and enjoy the great outdoors
    Great walks  -  There is an enormous choice of walking routes whether you want a short amble or a full-day hike
    Restaurant  -  Four course meals are created using the best of local produce
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A charming rural hotel, and long a popular fishing destination, in a stunning spot on the west coast. Rooms are beautifully dressed with sink-into beds, antiques, and pretty fabrics. Hearty dinners are announced with a gong and the hosts are ever friendly. A characterful country hideaway. See More

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  • Mackay's Rooms Durness, Sutherland 7 rooms from £149

    Great walks  -  Walk roads with relatively little traffic whilst enjoying some of the most epic scenery Europe has to offer
    Outstanding location  -  Mackay's rooms are located in one of the most scenic spots in the UK
    Sights nearby  -  Smoo Cave
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A remote Scottish hideout with stunning coastal views and surroundings. Owner managed, this boutique B&B features seven individually designed bedrooms with merino blankets and hand crafted furniture. Locally sourced produce and hearty Scottish breakfasts. Bring walking boots! See More

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  • Smoo Lodge Sutherland 4 rooms from £160

    Great walks  -  With a very rural location surrounded by stunning mountain, moor & coastal scenery — there is ample opportunity for walking
    Groups  -  With just four rooms and cosy social areas, this is an ideal property to rent out in its entirety
    Back to Nature  -  Set in the most north-westerly village on mainland UK, near to Cape Wrath and within a Geo Park
    Restrictions on children  -  Children aged 12 and over are welcomed
    GardenParkingNo pets

    For a remote UK getaway, Smoo Lodge perfectly fits the bill. A small B&B set in the most north-westerly village on mainland UK. Quaint rooms have a boutique feel with pastel hues, simple modern furniture, & lovely views. Breakfasts are hearty & the hosts are very warm. A charming wilderness escape. See More

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  • Kylesku Hotel Sutherland 11 rooms from £182

    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Eas a’ Chual Aluinn, Britain’s highest waterfall.
    Fishing  -  Take yourself off for a days trout fishing in nearby hill lochs.
    Great walks  -  The surrrounding area is full of superb walking trails.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    Kylesku Hotel is a sublime establishment in the depths of the Scottish Highlands. It's hard to look past the hotel's magnificent setting overlooking Loch Glendhu. Inside you'll find excellent rooms, superb food and an atmospheric bar. A highland idyll. See More

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  • Inver Lodge Hotel Sutherland 21 rooms from £215

    Fishing  -  Fish for trout and salmon on the Inver and Kirkaig rivers.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    RestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking

    Located on the West Coast, the intimate Highland retreat Inver Lodge Hotel overlooks the quaint fishing village of Lochinver. Boasting smart, boutique accommodation with plenty of tartan touches. Brilliant food is served up by Chef Albert Roux OBE. An upmarket rural retreat. See More

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  • Lundies House Tongue, Sutherland 9 rooms from £425

    Families  -  There is a two-bedroom self-catering bothan which is ideal for families looking for something a little more independent
    Short break  -  Located just over two hours from Inverness, this is a good option for an easy (yet rural) weekend away
    Back to Nature  -  Remote and rugged, this is the perfect escape to nature
    Restaurant  -  The cuisine, like the rest of the property, is 'elevated'. Expect very good contemporary Scottish fare

    Rustic and very chic; this small and remote property ticks all the boxes for an off-the-radar luxury break. Interiors are beautifully styled mixing Scandi furniture with traditional Scottish design. Contemporary Scottish cuisine is served (breakfasts are enjoyed over candlelight). Very spoiling. See More

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  • Links House Dornoch 8 rooms from £455

    Active Holiday  -  With golf on the doorstep, walking, shooting and fishing close by, it's the perfect spot for a weekend of country sports.
    Country Escape  -  After a long day outdoors, head in to the roaring fires and cosy sofas of the library and sitting room.
    Fishing  -  Great salmon fishing in the surrounding areas such as on the river Carron and Helmsdale.
    Great walks  -  Beautiful walking in the surrounding Highland countryside.

    Delightful luxury hotel set on one of Scotland's most picturesque links golf courses. Its rooms have a distinctly Scottish feel with tweed headboards and tartan patterned quilts. The fine dining restaurant serves an ever changing menu of locally sourced delights and an extensive range of wines. See More

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