Another North coast village, named after the Countess of Sutherland that was decimated by the clearances. A local museum tells the tale...
The A836 runs south from Tongue, through Altnaharra, to Lairg. It also continues east to the crofting community of Bettyhill, named after the Countess of Sutherland who ruthlessly evicted her tenants from their homes in Strathnaver to make way for more profitable sheep. The whole sorry saga is told in the interesting Strathnaver Museum, housed in an old church in the village. There are also Pictish stones in the churchyard behind the museum. Info - Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 1000-1300 and 1400-1700. Tel. 521418.
The museum sells a leaflet detailing the many prehistoric sites in the Strathnaver valley which runs due south from Bettyhill. The B871 then branches southeast to meet the A897 to Helmsdale. There are a couple of great beaches around Bettyhill, at Farr Bay and at Torrisdale Bay, which is the more impressive of the two and forms part of the Invernaver Nature Reserve.
There's a small Tourist Information Centre in Bettyhill, Tel. 521342, open Easter-September Monday-Saturday.
Bettyhill Hotels & Accommodation
The Farr Bay Inn, Tel. 521230, www.bettyhill.com, does decent bar food. A good value B&B is Bruachmor, Tel. 521265, open Apr-Oct.
Comfortable bedrooms in a traditional fashion (some ensuite and some with superb sea views)