Charming village on North coast beside Ben Hope and the sea.

The road east from Durness runs around Loch Eriboll on its way to the lovely little village of Tongue. A causeway runs across the beautiful Kyle of Tongue, but a much more scenic route is the single-track road around its southern side, with great views of Ben Hope (3,041 ft) looming to the southwest. The village of Tongue is overlooked by the 14th-century ruins of Varick Castle, and there's a great beach at Coldbackie, two miles northeast.

Phone code: +44 (0)1847

Castles Nearby

Tongue House / House of Tongue

Built in 1678, it is the Scottish home of the Countess of Sutherland. Formerly the seat of the Clan Mackay, the house sits on the site of the clan's previous home. It is said to have been burned by Cromwell's army in 1656, while pursuing the Chief of Mackay. It was rebuilt by the Mackays several years later. But in 1829, Tongue House and the majority of the Mackay Estate had to be sold to pay off debts owing to the Sutherland family.

Local Visitor Attractions

Strathy Beach

Another lovely beach between Thurso and Tongue. Popular with surfer crowd. Pure sands and accessible with short walk.

Tongue Hotels & Accommodation

Tongue Hotel
The Duke of Sutherland shooting lodge transformed into a four star hotel in remotest Sutherland in Northern Scotland. details about Tongue Hotel

There are cheaper options, such as the excellent-value Rhian Cottage, Tel. 611257, jenny.anderson@ There's also a good F SYHA Youth Hostel, Tel. 611301, open mid-Mar to late Oct, beautifully situated at the east end of the causeway; and a couple of campsites: one is at Talmine, Tel. 601225, 5 miles north of Tongue by the beach; and the Kincraig Camping and Caravan Site, Tel. 611218, just to the south of the village. Also at Talmine is the lovely 19th-century Cloisters, Tel. 601286,

Forsinard Hotel
Remote hotel in Sutherland north of Inverness. Ideal for the fisherman or sports enthusiast with days in the wild and nights before the fire.more details about Forsinard Hotel

Travel Directions to Tongue

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