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GolspieUnited Kingdom

Home to one of northern Scotland’s most magnificent homes, this pretty seaside resort is also a pleasant spot for walking and mountain biking.

Golspie is best known for its grand Dunrobin Castle, a lavishly decorated castle once the Scottish home of the dukes of Sutherland. In addition to exploring this ornate castle, cycle along scenic mountain biking trails and view the town’s controversial hilltop monument.

Dunrobin Castle is the largest house in the Highlands. Although parts of the castle date back to the 13th century, the majority of this French-style castle was built in the 19th century. Over 20 of the castle’s 189 rooms and its elaborate formal gardens are open to the public. See the gilded four-poster bed where Queen Victoria slept during her visit to the castle in 1872. Enjoy the impressive falconry demonstrations in the garden.

It’s impossible to miss the 100-foot-tall (30-meter) Sutherland Monument looming over the village. The Duke of Sutherland infamously evicted thousands of tenant farmers from the region to clear space for more profitable sheep farms. As a result, the statue, which was completed in 1837, remains controversial to this day. Climb to the statue atop the summit of Ben Bhraggie for excellent views south along the coast.

See a large geological collection at the Orcadian Stone Company. This superb collection features thousands of fossils, minerals and rocks from around the world, with an emphasis on Scotland’s unique geological specimens.

Lovely St. Andrew’s Church built in the 1700s is also worth visiting. Inside, notice the canopied pulpit and the Sutherland Loft, both carved in the 18th century.

Cycle along the fine Highland Wildcat mountain bike trails. Select from trails for cyclists of all experience levels, including several picturesque forest routes. Skilled cyclists can follow the challenging black trail, which features a (1,300-foot) 400-meter drop over 8.5 miles (13.6 kilometers).

Golspie is located 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Dornach. Get here by following the main east coast road or by train. See the historic Dunrobin Castle and its French-inspired formal gardens in Golspie.

Top hotels in Golspie

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Anvil House
Anvil House
3.5 out of 5
Main Street, Golspie, Scotland

Situated in Golspie, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Golspie Golf Club and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Dunrobin Castle. Sutherland Monument and Carn Liath ...

Anvil House
Thistle Apartment
Thistle Apartment
4 out of 5
Main Street, Golspie, Scotland

Situated in Golspie, this apartment building is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Dunrobin Castle and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Sutherland Monument. Golspie Golf Club and Carn Liath ...

Thistle Apartment
Golspie Inn Hotel
Golspie Inn Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Old Bank Road, Golspie, Scotland

Situated in Golspie, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland Monument and Carn Liath. Golspie Golf Club is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Golspie ...

3.1/5 (21 reviews)

"The property was built in 1808 or thereabouts so it's quaintness reflects this. The staff could not be friendlier or more helpful. We checked in late and they kept staff on for us. Very much appreciated."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020

Golspie Inn Hotel

Popular places to visit in Golspie

Dunrobin Castle
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Dunrobin Castle

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Explore dozens of elegant rooms, meander through manicured Victorian gardens and watch falcon flying demonstrations at this castle complex.

Dornoch Beach
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Dornoch Beach

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Dornoch Beach during your travels in Dornoch? Discover the area's bars or seek out the golf courses.

Dornoch Cathedral
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Dornoch Cathedral

4.5/5(21 reviews)

View the impressive modern stained-glass windows inside this 13th-century cathedral.

Glenmorangie Distillery
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Glenmorangie Distillery

4.5/5(26 reviews)

You can spend time studying the exhibits at Glenmorangie Distillery during your travels in Tain. While in this relaxing area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Tarbat Ness Lighthouse
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Tarbat Ness Lighthouse

Find out about the history of Tain with a stop at Tarbat Ness Lighthouse. Discover the bars in this quaint area or seek out the golf courses.

Falls of Shin
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Falls of Shin

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Falls of Shin, a lovely green space in Lairg. Discover the area's mountain views and monuments.

Top things to do in Golspie

Shore Excursion: Loch Ness and Historic Urquhart Castle
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Shore Excursion: Loch Ness and Historic Urquhart Castle

£71
Per adult
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Invergordon Cruise Ship Private Whisky Excursion Special
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Invergordon Cruise Ship Private Whisky Excursion Special

£440
Per adult
Invergordon Cruise Ship Fully Customisable Shore Excursion
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Invergordon Cruise Ship Fully Customisable Shore Excursion

£440
Per adult
Cairngorm National Park
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Cairngorm National Park

£350
Per adult
Spirit of the Highlands
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Spirit of the Highlands

£129
Per adult
GHD Clan Tour to Dunrobin Castle
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GHD Clan Tour to Dunrobin Castle

£143
Per adult

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