Sutherland is well documented for the 'clearances', but there is far more to it than that. Britain's biggest county offers stunning locations for photographers, hill walkers, ramblers or people just wanting a relaxing walk.

Ornithologists are in a for a real treat: not only are there official sites where you can sit and view, there is an abundance of natural viewing areas just off the beaten track. Just some of the wildlife you could see includes Seals, a variety od birds (including birds of prey), Dolphins and Red Deer.

You can take a day trip to the Orkney Islands or across to the west to see Handa Island, with its thousands of seabirds and the fishing port of Ullapool. Being close to the A9 and Lairg roads makes Fourpenny a secluded but strategic base for touring. Places like John O'Groats, Glen Affric, Loch Ness, Culloden and Elgin are all within easy reach.

Closer to home, don't miss the vast spendour of Dunrobin Castle, the spectacular view of the Dornoch Firth from the Struie road or the Saturday evening pipe band parades in Dornoch - the list is almost endless!

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