ACTIVITIES

Caithness is extremely rich in cultural heritage, with many historical sites such as chambered cairns, standing stones, harbours and castles to visit. There are plenty of activities for the outdoor enthusiasts including golf, guided walks, fishing and shooting and miles of unspoilt sandy beaches to explore or waves to surf for the more adventurous. Below is a sample of some of the activities available but there is much, much more to do, both indoor and outdoor. For further information about the area and the activities available, visit http://www.caithness.org

 

 

GOLF

 

Latheron is ideally situated for golfers with courses in Caithness and Sutherland within easy travelling distance. You will find a warm friendly welcome and most of the courses do not require pre-arranged tee times.

 

Lybster Golf Club is just 5 miles from Latheron and is one of the shortest 9 hole courses (3,858 yards, par 62, SSS 61) in Scotland. The course is a mix of heathland and heather, with a range of holes which offer golfers of all abilities a challenging and enjoyable round of golf. http://lybstergolfclub.co.uk/ 

 

 

Also in Caithness, there are courses at Wick, Thurso and Reay. Wick Golf Club is the oldest established golf club in the Highlands of Scotland. The course is an 18-hole links course, with spectacular views overlooking the sea. The course is playable all the year round. http://www.wickgolfclub.org.uk/  Reay Golf Club is another 18-hole traditional links course http://www.reaygolfclub.co.uk/Home.html  Thurso Golf Club has a parkland feel to it, as many trees have been planted over the years http://www.thursogolfclub.com/

 

There are a number of excellent golf courses in Sutherland at Brora http://www.broragolf.co.uk/,  Golspie http://www.golspie-golf-club.co.uk/ and the renowned Royal Dornoch Championship course, which attracts visitors from all over the world  http://www.royaldornoch.com/

 

SURFING

The North of Scotland has some of the finest surfing in Europe. Thurso hosts an annual international cold water surfing competition drawing many international competitors and is known as a world class surfing destination. Thurso has a Surf School which offers top sur coaching by a leading local surf instructor. For further information visit http://www.thursosurf.co.uk/

 

 

GUIDED WALKS AND HIKES

For the serious walker, there are plenty of opportunities, with the Morven / Scaraben range only a few miles from Latheron. To the west into Sutherland are Ben Loyal and Ben Hope, followed by the mountain ranges from Cape Wrath to Laxford Bridg which include Foinaven and Ben Arkle.

 

The Countryside Rangers organise many events and guided walks which cover local areas of interest and take in the wildlife and heritage of the area. The 2013 programme has been designed to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 and includes activities such as guided walks, archaeology trails, story-telling, wildlife talks and family events to include a wide range of interests for all ages and levels of ability and fitness. There is an abundance of local wildlife such as buzzards, foxes, deer and dolphins.

 

For further information, visit the Highland Council website and search for Countryside Rangers. 

 

FISHING

Caithness has ample opportunites for anglers of all types. The Pentland Firth is ideal for sea-angling with many species including haddock, wrass, ling and pollock. There are a number of lochs throughout the county, offering excellent trout fishing and the Wick and Thurso Rivers offer excellent salmon fishing in Caithness as does the Helmsdale River in Sutherland.

 

 

ORKNEY ISLAND TRIPS

Day trips are available to Orkney which is steeped in ancient history, with many archaeological sites from the Stone Age to the Picts and Vikings. You can either take your car over on the ferry, or leave the car at home and join one of the guided bus tours round the islands.

 

 

COUNTRY SPA

For the ladies who want to pamper themselves while their partners are sampling the outdoor life, Seabreeze Country Spa is only five miles away at Lybster http://www.seabreezebeauty.co.uk/

 

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