Golspie

Small town once home to the Dukes of Sutherland and home to one of the world's more laughably dishonest monuments

  • Local Visitor Attractions

    Loch Fleet Nature Reserve

    Tidal nature reserve south of Golspie that provides varied marshy habitat for both migratory birds and waders. Located to the east of the A9 as it passes north.

    Local Sights & Activities for Golspie

    The aptly named Dunrobin Castle, one mile north of the village, is the ancient seat of the Dukes of Sutherland, who once owned more land than anyone else in the British Empire. Much enlarged and aggrandized in the 19th century with fairy-tale turrets, the enormous 189-room castle, the largest house in the Highlands, is stuffed full of fine furniture, paintings, tapestries and objets d'art and bears witness to their obscene wealth. The castle overlooks beautiful gardens laid out with box hedges, ornamental trees and fountains. In stormy weather you should listen to the sea crashing on the beach beyond the walls. The museum is an animal-lover's nightmare and almost a caricature of the aristocracy, with a spectacular Victorian taxidermy collection. There are also local antiquities, some from ancient brochs, and Pictish stonecarvings. Info - Apr-May and 1-15 Oct Mon-Sat 1030-1630, Sun 1200-1630; Jun-Sep Mon-Sat 1030-1730, Sun 1200-1730, £6.50, concession £5.50, children £4.50. Tel. 633177.

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