With our wide-open landscapes and rural communities, it’s no wonder that visitors are looking to travel to Caithness and Sutherland to get away from it all and enjoy a staycation break. Here are some things to know as you plan your trip and we look forward to giving you a warm Highland welcome!
You are safe here
Our local businesses and attractions have been working hard to ensure that they are up to date with the latest COVID-19 safety and cleaning measures, so you know when you visit that you are in safe hands. The health and wellbeing of our visitors and communities is our top priority and we won’t be cutting any corners in the process.
So book with confidence at our local hotels, B&Bs and hostels. Enjoy eating out at our local cafes, bars and restaurants. Visit the sites you’ve set your heart on and experience Caithness and Sutherland in the way you’ve always dreamed.
Some restrictions are still in place
It’s no surprise that the ever-changing nature of the virus means some restrictions are still in place and that some aspects of life are looking different to normal. Capacity inside buildings and on transport may be limited and you may still be required to wear a face-covering or maintain social distancing as appropriate.
With limitations to the number of visitors we are allowed to have in spaces, it is essential to plan and book ahead to avoid disappointment. Some venues are operating timed ticketing, others require booking in advance and are unable to accept walk-in visitors, and many attractions, particularly those run by volunteers, may have reduced opening hours to their normal schedule.
These restrictions are there to keep you safe and to keep us safe, so please respect the needs of individual businesses as they decide what is right for them.
After a difficult couple of years, and with more hurdles yet to overcome, there has never been a better time to explore the health benefits associated with being in nature. Caithness and Sutherland are the perfect areas to explore a range of outdoor activities such as walking and hiking, surfing, golfing, wild-swimming, bird-watching and so much more.
Plan your itineraries to get off the beaten track and slow down as you travel in Highland time. There are so many quiet spots just waiting for you to discover so why not pick one area to explore and make the most of your trip.
Make Caithness and Sutherland your home while you visit and care for our landscapes, wild spaces, communities and wildlife as carefully as you would your own. We love our beautiful areas and we want you to love them too!
Try to shop, stay and eat local as you travel, as it’s the best way to support our vibrant communities and ensure that we will be able to welcome future travellers for many years to come. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions about where to go and what to see, we have a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be tapped into that will let you travel like a local.