The immediate area around the bed and breakfast is ideal for coastal walking, surfing, fishing or just to sit on the beautiful beach watching the sea. In spring and summer the area is covered in wild flowers, some common, some very rare. There are few roads heading inland from the coast where the wild and beautiful moorland stretches on for miles such as the Forsinard bird reservation is maintained by the RSPB where a wide range of birds inclulding Golden Plover, Hen Harrier and Greenshank can be seen along with many others. On the coast, the local cliffs have some lovely surprises – here are some photos of Puffins between Melvich and Rae.
For Food and Drink there is the local Halladale Inn in Melvich which has good reviews for evening meals and Sunday lunches and the bar is well used by locals, there is a Restaurant in the Melvich Hotel and the Strathy Inn is only a few miles up the coast.
Climbers will find a huge choice of challenging cliffs or you may want to explore Ben Hope or Ben Loyal near Tongue. Anyone visiting the area should be sure to take in Strathy Point and the Historic Strathy Lighthouse. The views here are breathtaking, especially on a wild day when the surf crashes up to the tops of the cliffs and whales, dolphins and seals cruise by from time to time.
The Orkney Isles are just across the Pentland Firth from the B&B – ferries leaving from Scrabster Harbour 20 minutes drive away.
Some Useful Links
Castle of Mey, www.castleofmey.org.uk :: Orkney, the Island, www.visitorkney.com :: Orkney Ferry – Northlinks, www.northlinkferries.co.uk :: Scara Brae, www.orkneyjar.com :: Pentland Ferries, www.pentlandferries.co.uk :: Boat Tours, www.jogferry.co.uk :: Timespan – Highland History, www.timespan.org.uk :: Link to Forsinard RSPB Information, www.rspb.org.uk
Useful North Highlands Tourist Resources from Landmark Press