Things to Do
Discover the Scottish Highlands
At the Links Apartments and Links Villas, you're surrounded by a unique blend of jaw dropping scenery and fascinating animals, offering you the opportunity to explore a landscape buzzing with life.
Aside from being one of the most picturesque areas of the UK, the North Highlands is culturally and historically rich, as well as naturally captivating. Whether it's the magnificence of Dunrobin Castle, the colourful plant life at Inverewe Gardens or the numerous links golf courses and adrenaline pumping mountain bike trails, there really is an activity for everyone to enjoy in the Highlands of Scotland.
Where to Visit
Dunrobin Castle is just five miles/eight klms from your accommodation and is one of the country's oldest inhabited houses. The castle is the seat of the Clan Sutherland (its roots stretch back to the early 14th century) and contains a wide range of paintings, memorabilia and period furniture. The well-tended gardens and twice daily falconry display, lasting approximately 30 minutes, add to everyone’s enjoyment. Finally, the impressive trophy house reflects the pursuits of an earlier century.
The Castle and Gardens of Mey
If you'd like to follow in the footsteps of royalty, The Castle and Gardens of Mey is located in Thurso, just 90 minutes’ drive north along the NC500 from your apartment. This five-star visitor attraction was the summer residence of the Queen Mother and boasts an attractive visitor and animal centre.
Dornoch with a population of around 1200 is the county town of Sutherland the 5th largest county in Scotland and lies 20 minutes’ drive south along the NC500. The cathedral dates back to the Thirteenth Century. Cafes and curio shops abound including the Old Jail – just remember to pay the bill before leaving! Whether or not you are a golfer you should take time to look at what is rated to be the 2nd best Golf Course in the world (Golfers Digest): Royal Dornoch. With due planning and plenty of time you will be welcome to play the course and enjoy the facilities of the club house.
Brora Heritage Centre
For those looking to dig deeper into Brora's archaeological and industrial legacy, the Brora Heritage Centre takes you on a journey from the Stone Age to the present day, with exhibitions, interactive displays and a dinosaur play area on hand to keep all members of the family happy.
Timespan is an award-winning museum exploring the heritage of the area and is located just 20 minutes’ drive north along the NC500 from your apartment or villa. It offers you the opportunity to learn more about the Northern Highlands and is Sutherland's only public contemporary art gallery.
RSPB Scotland Forsinard Flows nature reserve
From Helmsdale travel on the A897, which is a single-track road with passing places, to Fosinard. Park the car at the station/RSPB information centre. The Dubh Lochain Trail is the best way for families to explore the reserve and to learn more about what makes blanket bogs special. Follow the boardwalk up to the Flows Lookout and then venture off onto the flagstone discovery trail that snakes through the pool systems. Perhaps some of your party may care to return to Brora by train and view the glen from the other side of the river?
Sample a fine wee dram and take a tour around the Clynelish Distillery, located just couple of minutes’ drive from your accommodation. This distillery uses spring water from the nearby Clynemilton Burn to create its own special blend. The probably better known Glenmorangie Distillery is 20 minutes’ drive south of Brora at Tain. Balblair Distillery is a similar distance away in Edderton, while Old Pulteney is just 60 minutes’ drive away in Wick.
Located less than 60 minutes north of your accommodation, a visit to Whaligoe allows you to descend the 330 Whaligoe Steps, a path cut into a gorge by 19th century fishermen, before heading back up and inland to the Cairn of Get, a chambered tomb that's stood for well over 5,000 years.
North West Highland Geopark
The North West Highland Geopark is an area of geological interest and just a 60-minute drive from your accommodation. This varied landscape comprises of mountains, sandy beaches and ancient settlements, and is considered an area of world-class importance and quality.
Beaches and Nature
The two stunning beaches in Brora boast miles of golden sands, extending along the picturesque coastline. Whether you want to explore the rock pools, try spotting dolphins, minke whales and seals, or merely replicate Dunrobin Castle in the sand this exciting part of the world is a nature lover's paradise for all the family.