Culture~History~Hill Walking~Gold panning~ Whisky~Castles~

Fishing The Helmsdale

HRH Prince Charles
Fishing The Helmsdale
River Helmsdale

Navidale has over the years been associated with the sporting enthusiast and has played host to a Prince and a Princess to Lords and Ladies. Sutherland is a mecca for fishermen from around the world. Chase the legendary wild brown trout of the upper Helmsdale loch system covering 5000 acres of breathtaking wilderness. Salmon and sea trout fishing on the Helmsdale is renowned the world over. Navidale has a rod room and can handle your catch for the journey home.


Wild Deer In The Garden
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At Navidale

This area is rich in wildlife, when walking in the hills it is not uncommon to see herds of deer.

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For the ornithologist there is an abundance of bird life, from a pair of breeding Tawny Owls in the garden to the Puffins and sea birds on the cliffs.

Falls Of Shin
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Watch The Leaping Salmon

Stalking, wildfowling and rough shooting amidst this dramatic scenery on local estates can be arranged given sufficient notice. The Falls of Shin delight all ages who come to watch the leaping wild Atlantic Salmon.

Things To Do & Things To See

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For the golfing enthusiast, there is Royal Dornoch,
Golspie and Brora all within half an hour of the hotel. A testing 9 hole course lies on the edge of Helmsdale with panoramic views, it is a challenge to all levels of golfer!

Dolphins In The
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Moray Firth

The Climate on the east coast favours the tourist, providing the opportunity to explore the many attractions of this beautiful corner of Scotland. With turquoise water, sensational mountain backdrops there is nothing better than a wander down to the many sandy beaches.

Pipe Band
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Navidale is ideally placed as a tourist base with Helmsdale close by you might be lucky enough to see the Pipe Band parading in Dunrobin Street in the summer months. Helmsdale has a pretty little harbour. The award winning TIMESPAN MUSEUM providing a fascinating insight into the history of the area in particular The Highland Clearances and the creation of local settlements.


Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle
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Family Home To The Dukes Of Sutherland
Scotland is full of history and culture and this part of the country is no exception. Your visit to this part of the Highlands would not be complete without a visit to one of the most romantic castles in Scotland with its famous fairy tale towers reminiscent of a French Chateau in nearby Golspie.
Dunrobin family home to the Dukes of Sutherland since the 13th century, it was first mentioned as a stronghold for the family in 1401.

Dining Room At Dunrobin
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Opening Times 2008
21st March-15th October 2008

Admission Rate
Adult £7.50
Senior £6.50
Child £5.00
Student £6.50
Family Ticket £20.00
(2 adults & 2 Children)

Castle~Museum~Gardens~Falconry~Gift Shop~ Tea Room~

Castle Of Mey

HRH The Queen Mother
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Castle Of Mey
Of course if you have come this far north then a trip to the Castle Of Mey should not be missed. It was While still in mourning for her Husband King George VI. She first set eyes on this poor neglected castle, sitting majestically over looking the Pentland firth and the Orkneys.

The isolated and abandoned castle was full of charm, the Queen Mother decided to save it and renovate it for her private home. She was a great gardener and with the help of her gardeners created beautiful gardens which are a still a credit to her today. Mey is the most northerly inhabited castle.

HRH The Queen Mother
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At Mey
Opening Times:-
1st May 2008 - 30th September

Please note the castle will be closed from
31st July - 12th August 2008

Castle~ Gardens~Tea Room~ Shop~ Animal Centre~

North Shore Pottery

Jenny Mackenzie Ross
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North Shore Pottery
Don't forget a trip to North Shore Pottery at Latheron
Jenny makes her unusual salt fired pottery in an out door kiln, often using kelp as a source of salt and fuel in the firing. Thus imbuing the pots with the saltiness of the sea itself. You won't come away empty handed!

North Shore Pottery is located at Latheron Caithness on the A9 heading north to Wick.

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.oopm

Clan Gunn
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Visitors Centre
Also at Latheron is the Clan Gunn Heritage Centre, telling the story of one of Scotland's oldest clans (the Gaelic word "clann" means family or children) from its Norse origins to the present day against the background of history of the north of Scotland.

Clan Shop~Genealogical archive~Vidio Presentation~

Scottish malt Whisky

Clynlish Distillery

Whisky Tasting
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At Clynlish Distillery
Located on the A9 at Brora commanding views over the Moray Firth spring water from the Clynemilton burn is used to produce this fruity, slightly smoky single malt scotch whisky.

Opening Times:-
Easter - September 2008
Mon-Fri 10.00am - 5.00pm

October 2008
Mon-Fri 11.00am - 4.00pm

Glenmorangie Distillery

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Glenmorangie distillery has been producing its single Highland malt whisky since 1843, attributing the crafting of the delicate spirit to The Sixteen Men Of Tain.

Water from the nearby Tarlogie spring is used in the process. It takes almost 100 years for this water to travel through limestone and rise to the surface.

Entry Fee:- £2.00 redeemable against purchases of £15.00 or more.

The Glaemorangie at Tain and the Clynlish distillery at Brora demonstrates the production of liquid gold , alternatively you could try panning for your own gold in the Balle an Or.

Balle an Or

Balle an Or
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Valley of Gold
Balle an Or (valley of Gold ) scene of the 1869 Kildonan Gold Strike. set in beautiful scenery you can pan for tiny gold grains. Some people have collected enough gold to make a wedding ring or other items of jewellery.

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~Former Hunting Lodge To The Dukes Of Sutherland~