Golspie Visitor Information Guide
Golspie is a village in Sutherland which lies on the North sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie, In 2006 mountain bike trails were opened on the slopes of Beinn Bhragaidh, this sporting attraction is the Highland Wildcat mountain bike trails, They have been designed for all levels of experience with different routes suitable for families & novices through to more difficult and technical trails for experienced mountain bikers, The most difficult trail features the longest free ride descent in Britain down from the summit.
The village is an attractive little seaside resort with much for the visitor to see and do. The village boasts a long sandy beach and there a number of scenic walks around the area, including one at the Big Burn with its spectacular waterfalls. There is accommodation to suite all pockets from Bed and Breakfast, Hostels, Hotels,Caravan and Camping and self catering, The name derives from the Norse for "gully village, Centred on Loch Fleet three miles south of Golspie, is the national nature reserve it forms the final estuary on mainland Scotland’s north-eastern rim,This large tidal basin is the home to wading birds, wild fowl, seals, Osprey, Terns and Swallows, Otters and seal, This national nature reserve is worth visiting at any time, any season. in the nearby Balblair Wood you can find rare wild flowers and plants Buses operate about every two hours Mondays-Saturdays and infrequently on Sundays from Golspie to Dornoch, Tain, and Inverness capital of the Highlands in the south, and Brora, Helmsdale, Berriedale, Dunbeath, Halkirk, Thurso, and Scrabster in the north.
These are on route X99 and are operated by Stagecoach, all towns offer accommodation to suite all pockets from Bed and Breakfast, Hostels, Hotels,Caravan and Camping and self catering. Golspie is also served by its own railway station and is situated on the main A9 road which runs the length of the east coast of Sutherland. The village has award-winning safe bathing beaches to the north and south of the tidal pier, there is a public swimming pool in the centre of the village.
There is a racing kart track on the Ferry Road. The golf course has a mix of links, parkland and heath and there are central facilities offering a range of out door activities on the playing fields. Around Golspie there are opportunities for walking and bird watching, you can go fossil-hunting around the gorges and waterfalls. There are a number of historic buildings too, including St Andrews church dating from the sixteenth century and, most famously, Dunrobin Castle. This is one of the grandest houses in the north of Scotland and is situated just north of the village. It is believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited homes in Britain, the oldest part of the castle dating from the early fourteenth century. As well as the castle itself, Dunrobin is known for its formal gardens, this turreted, opulent castle, has been the Clan of Sutherland's home since the 1400s, with museum and falconry displays.