The majestic Dunrobin Castle (pictured above) is the seat of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland and a definite must-see. With tours of the castle, impressive gardens, falconry displays and a fascinating family museum in the old summer house, there is something for everyone, young and old. Look out for the Suisgill gold in the museum! Dunrobin Castle is situated just north of Golspie and is around 40 mins from Suisgill. To the north, between John O’Groats and Thurso in Caithness, sits the Castle of Mey, a castle restored by the late Queen Mother which is famous for its spectacular gardens. Journey-wise it’s about an hour and a half, but it is definitely worth seeing. The gardens at stunning Dunbeath Castle are also well worth a visit, which is by appointment only.
Scotland is famous for its whisky and there are two excellent distilleries in the area for you to visit. The first, Clynelish Distillery, is located just off the A9 at Brora, which is about a half-hour’s drive from Suisgill and the second, Glenmorangie Distillery, is a little further down the A9 at Tain, which is about an hour’s drive from Suisgill. There are regular tours of both distilleries throughout the year.
The award-winning Timespan Museum in Helmsdale gives an excellent insight into Sutherland’s rich history, from the time of the Picts to the darker days of the Highland Clearances, the rise and fall of the herring fishing industry and the celebrated Great Sutherland Gold Rush of 1869. There is also an art gallery, shop and cafe. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays 12pm to 5pm. The Clan Gunn Heritage Centre & Museum tells the fascinating history of the clan, from its Norse origins to the present day. The Heritage Centre is located off the A99 at Latherton in the small parish church at the top of the hill. It is open from 1st June to 30th September, Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm.