Rampant Scotland Directory!

Tourism - Caithness, Sutherland, Ross & Cromarty

The sites included on this page relate to the far north of mainland Scotland, above the "Great Glen" and Inverness. The area contains some of the most rugged and remote parts of Scotland. The rocks in the western part of the area are amongst the oldest in the world.

There are other separate pages for sites covering all of the Highlands and the following regions:

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The Caithness Community Web site not only covers local news but also Castles, Maps, Geography, History, Archaeology, Dialect, Nature/Environment, an A - Z Places (many with links to maps from an external source), Photos, Museums, Walking and Family History. The castles section is particularly extensive.

A Caithness legal firm, D W Georgeson has a useful description of Caithness and its towns together with a sketch map of the county.

If you want to travel from John O' Groats to Orkney and Shetland then the timetables in the John O' Groat Ferries pages will be useful to you.

Celtic Fringe

An online tour-guide with words and lots of fine pictures to Wester Ross and North-West Scotland. Specific areas (and the associated villages) which are covered include:

Highland Escape

Created in association with Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, this site has lots of tourist information about the area including a detailed description of Dunrobin Castle, the Falls of Shin, Clynelish Distillery, Brora, travel information, and accommodation.

North Highlands Scotland

Explore the culture, history and activities of the northernmost mainland of Scotland with pages on visitor attractions, what to do and see, accommodation and a photo gallery. The site also majors on the fact that John Lenno, one of the Beatles, was a frequent visitor to the area, both as child and later with his family.

Knowhere Guide to Thurso

Following the usual format of this guide there is a narrative description of the town's facilities, warts and all (but the reviewer loved the place!)

Dunbeath Heritage Centre

The Centre provides a focus for the work of Dunbeath Preservation Trust: a research base; a repository for research data, manuscripts, photographs and items of local material culture; an exhibition and interpretation space; a venue for lectures, storytelling and workshops. The Heritage Centre is a fully registered museum and the site covers the archaeology and the environment of the area. The Neil Gunn Society recently merged with Dunbeath Preservation Trust and the Trust has a large collection of material relating to Gunn and his work - Dunbeath Water was Neil Gunn's 'Highland River'.

LIFE Peatlands Project

This attractively designed site describes the project aimed at restoring and enhancing an area of peatlands in Caithness and Sutherland - and why it is important. It is being promoted by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) in partnership with Forest Enterprise, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Forestry Commission and Plantlife Scotland.


Information for tourists, businesses and the local community of Gairloch in Wester Ross. There is information on activities for visitors and the dramatic backdrop of the Torridon mountains and dolphins and seals in the loch.


The Applecross Peninsula is accessed by only two roads - the Gaelic name for the area, ‘a Chomraich’, means ‘ The Sanctuary’. The site focuses on local businesses including Mountain & Sea Guides (which organises sea kayaking trips, all aimed at beginner level, and hillwalking and mountaineering), Applecross Inn (the centre of community life), Flower Tunnel and Bistro and Applecross Campsite.

Durness, Sutherland

The most north westerly community in mainland Britain, Durness history goes back to the days of chambered cairns, stone circles and 8th century Christian settlements and later the Vikings. The site illustrates the natural history of the area, the lovely deserted beaches, the "Smoo Cave" and Loch Eriboll. Cape Wrath is a few miles away and the mountain scenery inland is formed from some of the oldest rocks in the world, Lewisian Gneiss.

Elsewhere, there are pages on the Caves of Assynt and a description of the Achavanich Standing Stones. The historical aspects includes the story of St Tayr Chapel where for two centuries, it was said, bloodstains could be seen on the walls of the chapel following a savage encounter between the Keiths and the Clan Gunn.

On the East side of the country is Invergordon the only deep water port in the Highlands where large cruise ships (even the QE2) can come alongside.

Melness, Sutherland

The Village of Melness is situated on the North Coast of Sutherland in Scotland. It comprises a number of small hamlets and approximately 80 families. This Internet Site will provide a glimpse into the past and the present of this small crofting community, with pages on the history, land, sea, education, the church and trades. Lots of illustrtations too. It is hoped that anyone with information on Melness will get in touch and provide further background.


A site dedicated to this Easter Ross town on the Cromarty Firth. The site provides a good history of the town and there are pages on attractions, where to stay and eat and local businesses.

Invergordon Off The Wall

This site has been created by a group which aims to regenerate and enhance Invergordon. "Off The Wall" refers to a series of murals being created in the town designed to promote community involvement and a sense of local identity. In addition to illustrating this project the site also has information on the town and a photo library database of folklore and history associated with Invergordon.

Lochaber Internet

Covering Lochaber and Fort William, there is tourist information, accommodation and lots of Graphics of Lochaber to send as postcards and history of Fort William.

The Road to the Isles

Words and especially some lovely pictures describing the part of Scotland which runs from Fort William via Glenfinnan and Lochailort plus Arisaig and Morar to Mallaig, (plus a side trip to the lonely Knoydart Peninsula) in the west Highlands of Scotland. Sights and scenes along the way and the beautiful islands of Eigg and Muck plus Rum and Canna once Mallaig has been reached. And while you are having a virtual tour, why not send an Electronic Postcard to tell everyone "wish you were here"? Attractions and Activities along the way include the Museum at Glenfinnan Station (where you can stay the night in one of the old railway carriages) and Marine World at Mallaig.

Kintail and Lochalsh Walks

Famed for its classic mountain ridge walks, Kintail, Glen Shiel, Cluanie, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, Plockton and Glenelg (including Arnisdale and Corran) are all covered in thi site. The walks cater for all tastes from easy family rambles, through cross-country hikes to ascents of mighty Munro summits. The site also features an extensive accommodation directory, including hotels, self catering cottages, and hostels, as well as an online shop for local books and maps.

Remote Knoydart

This has been set up a forum for who want to contribute stories, anecdotes, pictures and advice about this remote part of Scotland. There are a number of large photos of the area and links to information on Doune.

Ardtornish Estate

On the beautiful peninsula of Morvern, covering approximately 60 square miles of hills, woodland, rivers and lochs with a 20 mile coastline on the Sound of Mull and Loch Linnhe. The centre of the estate lies at the head of Loch Aline. Lots of Scenery and Kinlochaline Castle and places to stay in the area.

Ullapool Tourism and Business Association

This site provides a guide to a wide area around Ullapool including Achiltibuie, Dundonnell and Lochinver. There is information on exploring the area, things to do, events, places to stay, places to eat, shops and services - and a small photo gallery.


A series of attractive photographs included as part of the pages for a local hotel, the Ferry Boat Inn.

Kerrachar Gardens

This is a new garden developed since 1995 on the site of a disused croft in the North West Highlands of Scotland set in a remote and beautiful location in the Parish of Assynt on the shores of Loch a Chairn Bhain. It has no access by road or path. Instead you enjoy a 30 minute boat trip from Kylesku.


25 miles by road northwest of Ullapool, Achiltibuie and the other villages on the Coigach peninsula enjoy some of the most spectacular views anywhere in the Highlands. To the south are the Summer Isles, An Teallach and the Torridon Hills and to the northeast are Cul Beag, Stac Pollaidh, Cul Mor, Suilven and the mountains of Sutherland. The site focuses on walking on the sandy beaches, Coigach Hall, "What's on" and has a picture gallery.

Welcome to Loch Ewe!

Covers the attractions such as Inverewe Gardens, sailing, wildlife and accommodation in this part of the north west Highlands of Scotland, plus local history and culture.


42 miles north-west of Inverness, at the foot of Bheinn Fionn in Strathbran, the village of Avhnasheen has mountain views in all directions, with Sgurr a Mhuillin to the south east, Ben Wyvis to the east and Liatach to the west. It has a population of 28. The site has illustrations of the area and links to where you can obtain accommodation.


"Sutherland's Best Kept Secret" is north of Inverness. The site has lots of graphics of local visitor attractions including the 750-year-old cathedral and information on the Royal Dornoch golf course (the most northerly first class golf course in the world) and the Dornoch Light Railway. The Heritage Trail recounts the story of the last witch to be burned at the stake in Scotland.


A guide to Alness, in Easter Ross. Contains local contact details, a business directory, virtual tour, local history, maps and an events calendar as well as information on Alness' successes in the Britain in Bloom competition.


Based in the historic village of Cromarty, in the heart of the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, EcoVentures offers you an exhilarating boat trip experience aboard high speed, offshore RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to see the unique scenery and wildlife in the Cromarty and Moray Firths. The area is well known for its colony of Bottlenose Dolphins but there are also harbour porpoises, common and gray seals, minke whales and a wide range of seabirds and wildfowl.

Black Isle

This guide to the Black Isle has individual pages on:

The Cromarty Image Library has around 1,000 graphics of the area covering the past as well as the present day.

Where else would you like to go in Scotland?

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