• Guide to Bettyhill Village in Sutherland

    Guide to Bettyhill Village in Sutherland

    Things to Do & See, Eat & Stay in Bettyhill in Sutherland

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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.

Travel Directions to Bettyhill

Nearby Ancient Monuments

  • Rosal Township

    Once substantial township entirely cleared in the Highland Clearances. Eery and tragic evidence of how this event transformed this land and landscape.

Local Visitor Attractions


  • Strathnaver Trail

    Walk from Bettyhill to Altnaharra across Sutherland that encounters 29 archeological sites. Moderate difficulty and very interesting!

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.

Bettyhill Hotel
Comfortable bedrooms in a traditional fashion (some ensuite and some with superb sea views)