1. Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction, Achany Glen
The perfect family day trip. With four different woodland walks you can enjoy some light exercise before stopping at the café or outdoor pavilion for some refreshments and some food made by the newly appointed operator. This can be followed by a walk down to the viewing platform to try and spot some leaping salmon or a game of mini golf where the stakes can be high if you’re not playing alone.
2. Cassley Falls, Rosehall/Strath Oykel
The falls provide a brilliant place to relax and unwind and is a great spot to picnic. There are four different waterfalls to see and these can all be accessed by the easy path along the east side of the river. If you are really looking to spend a day here, you can park at Rosehall woodland trails and take a slightly longer walk down with your picnic.
3. Bonar Ardgay Golf Club, Bonar Bridge
A brilliant 9-hole golf course situated in the Heart of Sutherland. Recently voted the most picturesque 9-hole course in Scotland the club extends a warm welcome to all whether it be beginners or professionals. The extensive training area offers all those looking to take up the sport with the ideal place to do so – two net areas, bunker and putting green. As well as an opportunity to play sport, Bonar Ardgay Golf Course presents you with the opportunity to see Sutherland in its natural beauty.
4. Highland Shooting Centre, Altass
Whether its competing or for fun Highland Shooting Centre has become a great stop for both locals and tourists alike. With a vast array of programmes, Marcus & his team can help you – whether it’s trying to learn the sport of shooting, or a family and friends bonding day. Unique to the Highlands there is also an underground shooting area which can offer a more interesting experience.
5. Ferrycroft, Lairg
With Free Admission, Ferrycroft is a great way to spend the day. With a traditional heritage centre, café, shop and toilets it has everything you need for an interesting and relaxing day out. There are also two walks starting from the centre, the first is the Ord Hill Archaeological Trail, the second is Ferrywood with a ruined broch and great views across Shin Dam and Lochside path. The centre houses special areas for children to play and learn as well as for the adults to learn more about the history of the area.
6. Balblair Distillery, Edderton
Since the first barrels were rolled out in 1790, Balblair have been producing award winning Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. With two different tours available it’s a great way to get to grips with the local “dram” and see just how a local company can produce a quality product. Each tour consists of Product and Brand information along with a tasting of some of the ranges. There is also a Distillery shop and Visitor Centre where you can browse through some of the ranges and learn more about the background of one of Sutherlands oldest whiskys.