When it comes to exploring the natural beauty and charm of the Sutherland and Caithness area; the very best way to take it all in has to be simply getting out there and exploring it on your own two feet.
As the most north-eastern extremity on mainland Britain it not only has stunning coastline but also boasts some of the finest examples of brochs and chambered cairns; giving more than just a little nod to the seemingly distant past.
So if you want to take your very own Highland walk then we have put together our top walks throughout the Sutherland and Caithness area; perfect for families, novices and expert hikers alike.
Castletown; the Flagstone Trail and the Battery
If you want to take in a wide variety of different landscapes, then this is the walk for you. Featuring not only a trail through the woodland, but also the Flagstone Trail and even a coastal walk too. Taking in all the beauty of the area in one walk.
It starts at the Castletown Heritage Trail car park located near the old harbour and takes approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete the 2.25 miles.
This walk is graded as being suitable for beginners.
Causeymire Wind Farm
Do you think that wind turbines are an interesting addition to the landscape? Want to get up close and personal with these rather amazing eco beasts? If you do then this particular 2-hour walk takes you on a 5 mile walk around the wind turbines on the farm and allows you to not only get a closer look, but also take in some of the amazing views around.
This walk is also graded as being suitable for beginners.
Holborn Head Scrabster
Love the idea of blowing out the cobwebs by taking a clifftop walk? If you do, then this walk is ideal. The terrain is cliff top grassy paths, farm tracks and pavements and is rated as being slightly trickier, possibly requiring navigation skills to finish the walk.
On the 4.75 2 hour walk you will be able to take in some amazing views over Thurso, see a blow hole and even sit and watch the boats at Scrabster. The perfect adventure to learn more about the area.
This challenging walk along the most northerly point of mainland Britain takes you through the coastline and over the top of sandstone cliffs. Not only can you take a look over the sea to Hoy but this is also a great chance to visit some fascinating birdlife, thanks to the nature reserve.
It is important to remember that you should only attempt this 10.75 mile walk if you have previous experience. Throughout the 5.5 to 6.5 hour walk you will find narrow paths with unprotected vertical cliff edges, paths that feature steep ascents and even a bog or two.
Want a fantastic base for your Highlands walking adventure? If you do, then why not come and stay at Mackays hotel? We offer a warm welcome and a comfortable place to rest those weary feet!