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Kates Croft, Helmsdale, Sutherland

Bedrooms 4 - 1 double ensuite, 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single Sleeps 7. Wick 40 miles. Pets welcome. Short breaks
Kates Croft
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Holiday activities near Helmsdale and things to see around Sutherland

1. Timespan Heritage centre and gallery, Helmsdale (approx. 5 min from croft). Twinned with the Tate modern, the exhibitions, talks and events are well attended by locals and visitors. The newly refurbished archives are open for the public to peruse, and there is a lovely wee cafe and geological rock garden that overlooks the river Helmsdale.

2. Thyme and Plaice, Helmsdale (approx. 5 min from croft). A wee gem of a cafe/restaurant, serves homemade food throughout the day, good value and tastes fantastic.

3. Dunrobin Castle, Nr Golspie (approx. 20 min from croft). Open Easter - September. You can walk around areas of the castle, and there are some really interesting displays. There is a small museum in the garden that is worth visiting. The gardens are beautiful , and the falconry display that is on twice a day during the summer months is excellent.

4. Falls of Shin visitor center, nr Lairg (approx. 1 hr from croft). Due to re-open in spring 2017. The previous building was destroyed by fire several years ago, and the community have purchased the site and are re-building the cafe and shop. Designed by a local architect, with local trades fully involved in the build. There is a children's play area and some lovely walks through the forest, as well as the treat of watching salmon leap up the falls.

5. Forsinard RSPB reserve, Forsinard (approx. 35 min from croft) the drive along the Strath of Kildonan to reach Forsinard is lovely in itself, Forsinard is the largest RSPB reserve in the UK, there is a lovely broadwalk and stone pathway through the bog which lead to the observatory tower where you can look out over the wetlands for miles. Even if you don't see any birds it is a beautiful place to visit. During the summer months the visitor center is open and there are guided tours available.

6. Castle of May, Thurso (approx. 1 hr from croft) the former home of the queen mother. You can tour the castle and the stunning gardens, and there is a small petting zoo that children will love.

7. Beaches, the nearest is Brora beach (approx. 15 mins) and it is in the village of Brora, a long stretch of sand that borders Brora golf course. There are also lovely beaches at Golspie (25mins) and Dornoch (40 mins).

8. Glen Loth, the road through Glen loth is approx. 10 mins south of the croft, it is a single track road that winds through the glen and then joins the road that runs through the Strath of Kildonan. People who lived in this glen were evicted from their homes during the highland clearances, now it is not inhabited except for the deer that you often see as you drive along, and the occasional wild camper. Do not use the road during winter weather as it is not gritted.

9. Carn Liath, between Brora and Golspie (approx. 20 mins). This is an Iron Age Broch, and can clearly be seen from the road as you drive between Brora and Golspie. You can also reach it by taking the coastal path from Brora, which is a lovely walk along the beach, and if you are lucky you may see seals, otters or pods of dolphins in the Moray Firth as you walk.

10. Smoo Cave is located 1 mile east of Durness (approx. 1.5hrs - so a bit further away). There are steps leading down the cliffs and then you can walk across the pebbles to the entrance of the cave which is often wet and muddy inside. Not recommended for anyone with mobility problems. Boat trips can be made into the limestone cave which is 200 feet long, 50 feet high and over 100 feet wide. These trips take just 15 minutes in an inflatable dingy - hard hats are provided. You don't need to book, just pay the man in the boat.