Holiday Homes in the Far North of Scotland
Our holiday cottages in Ross-shire, Sutherland and Caithness in the beautiful far north of Scotland.
The far North of Scotland is a true wilderness that only the most hardy visitors reach. The coast line is a wonderful mixture of granite bluffs interspersed with pure sandy beaches that anywhere in the world would be crowded with visitors and families. Here they are empty except for the occassional surfer in a dry suit.
The roads of the interior are narrow and wind down barren glens with few villages. Most inhabitants live near the coastline in small crofting communities.
This is Mackay country and as you travel along the north coast you will see many examples of the clans presence. The castles and large houses were all inhabited by them. Today, as you drive through the windswept hills and glens now occupied only by flocks of sheep, it is hard to imagine that once this landscape was populated by humans. The other great story of the far north of Scotland is the Highland clearances which saw all the local communities dispossessed by the Countess of Sutherland and her factor and then removed first to the coastline to harvest kelp and then across the seas.
The Highland clearances is still an emotional and resonant factor in these communities. If you are visiting, then make sure you visit some of the small museums to understand how the life here changed in the 18th century.