Discover Sutherland - Your Local Guide

Golspie lies on the east coast of Sutherland, mid way between Loch Fleet and Brora on the main road north. Originally a small fishing hamlet Golspie was, like many villages on the east Sutherland coast, expanded in the early nineteenth century to house some of those evicted from the inland straths and glens during the clearances. Fishing was the main industry, but the opening of the railway in 1868 brought the first tourists to the area.

Golspie today is an attractive little seaside resort with much for the visitor to see and do. The village boasts a long sandy beach and there a number of scenic walks around the area, including one at the Big Burn with its spectacular waterfalls.

There are a number of historic buildings too, including St Andrews church dating from the sixteenth century and, most famously, Dunrobin Castle. This is one of the grandest houses in the north of Scotland and is situated just north of the village. It is believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited homes in Britain, the oldest part of the castle dating from the early fourteenth century. As well as the castle itself, Dunrobin is known for its formal gardens.

Dominating the skyline above the village is the 100 foot tall statue of the first Duke of Sutherland. You can read more about it on this page.

The more active visitor is well catered for. The village has its own golf course and bowling club as well as tennis courts, and it also boasts its own swimming pool with fitness facilities. There are also many opportunities for loch and sea angling in the area. One unusual sporting venue is the local kart track which sees race meetings throughout the summer months.

The latest addition to Golspie's list of sporting atrractions is the Highland Wildcat mountain bike trails. These have been designed for all levels of experience with different routes suitable for families & novices through to more difficult and technical trails for experienced mountain bikers. The most difficult trail features the longest free ride descent in Britain down from the summit of Ben Bhraggie.

The village has a good range of local services including a number of shops and cafes. Accommodation is plentiful with several hotels in the village as well as guest houses and bed & breakfasts. There is also plenty of self catering accommodation available locally. Golspie is served by its own railway station and is situated on the main A9 road which runs the length of the east coast of Sutherland.

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About Golspie
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