Things to do
Sutherland and the Northern Highlands provide a wealth of varied places to visit and things to do regardless of your personal preferences and Granite Villa is an ideal base from which to experience them.
You can play golf on Golspie Golf Course, as a guest staying at Granite Villa Guest House you will receive a substantial discount against the standard cost of a ticket (Applies to single rounds, daily tickets and weekly tickets.)
Within easy driving distance (20 minutes or less) there are also the courses at Royal Dornoch, Brora, Helmsdale and Bonar Bridge (9 Hole).
Fishing for salmon and trout on various local lochs and rivers, is available subject to obtaining the relevant permits. (Incl. links to fishing shops in Dornoch & Helmsdale who can arrange fishing)
A new network of mountain biking routes is currently being established on Ben Bhraggie, which is scheduled for completion in 2006. (Link to web site)
For those keen on walking the area around Golspie provides numerous options with regards routes to walk. Golspie community council produce a booklet “Golspie Walks” which details route, distance, time required and degree of difficulty for 11 different walks within the vicinity of Golspie. The shortest of which is the one and a half mile walk to the Big Burn and back. The Big Burn Walk is acknowledged to be one of the best walks in Europe. The longest is the six-mile coastal route to Brora.
Paths around Tain, Paths around Morangie and Paths around Caithness and Sutherland are other publications, produced by Highland Council, that provide you with information that you might find interesting while at the same time providing details as to distance, accessibility for walkers with restricted mobility and other useful in formation regarding the walks that hey cover.
The range of birds that can be seen is phenomenal, living here we can become quite blasé about seeing Ospreys, Eagles, Kestrel and Buzzards to name but a few. An osprey fishing for its supper at the Mound is a common sight in the summer.
While the range of birds of prey that can be seen is spectacular the variety of other bird life inhabiting Sutherland for the enthusiast is well worth the journey up here.
A visit to Carol’s Rock at Loch Brora will let you see the “home habitat” of the ravens that reside at the Tower of London. From early May to late July a trip to John O’Groats will enable you to see puffins. Grouse, oystercatchers, tree climbers, hen harriers, the list is endless.