The Braes at Berriedale is situated in an ideal spot as a base for a range of outdoor pursuits, including walking, biking (motor and pedal) and boating.
Of course we're biased but we believe that the scenery at Caithness and Sutherland is unmatched anywhere else in Europe. From glistening seas, to sparkling fresh water burns, the hues of the Scottish heather to the fabulous wildlife. These two counties are spectacular in many ways and large enough to roam around to your hearts content.
Caithness and Sutherland are well known for their wildlife such as Ospreys to Golden Eagles, Capercaillie to Wildcats but what isn't so widely known is that one of the world's last wild places sits in Caithness. The Flow Country is a vast expanse of blanket bog is a vital defence against the effects of climate change. An enormous area, mottled with peat and pools this surprising place is a world of amazing plants, rare birds, and a place to be inspired by peace and space, and The Braes is right on the edge of this unbelievable landscape.
If you don't feel quite so energetic, why not sit within the grounds of The Braes and let the wildlife come to you. We are constantly surprised by the variation of birds and mamals that come to our garden. Then there's the sea of course, through the binoculars there is always something to spy over the waves.
Caithness weather can be.... 'Playful' at times, but that doesn't matter. Being close to the A9 means we are in the perfect spot to explore one of the most dynamic and beautiful routes in Europe. You could even just explore the east coast road through Sutherland and Caithness and with ferry and airport connections just twenty five minutes away the treasures of Orkney await.
Closer to home, there are plenty of walks and tourist places to visit close by and just inland from The Braes is the highest point in Caithness, Morven and her sister Scaraben offer energetic and longer walks. You can even see the Orkneys on a clear day.
For the less enthuiastic walkers there are plenty of other routes including the whole, or part of the Wick Trail which takes the participant through some rarely seen country. There are also many attractions such as the historic clearance village of Badbea or the Dun Dornaigil Broch, the Grey Cairns of Camster or Duncansby Head. History and natural history abound in Caithness and there are so many places to visit.
Nearby, Dunbeath has many treasures and Lybster Harbour is well worth a visit but with so many places to go, we can suggest the best options for you when you arrive.
You may just want to sit in the grounds and relax with a cream tea.
The Sublime Duncansby Head.
Caithness, being a mix of scattered communities has had to create their own entertainments for hundreds of years, or at least import it. That tradition continues and there are many indoor venues where all manner of entertainment can be found throughout the year. Berriedale is fortunate to have its own small venue where various shows and entertainments are booked though the year. These attractions change from season to season but we can assist and advise you what is on and where to go, once you arrive.
There are many cafes in the area too and Berriedale boasts one of the best with close parking if the weather is inclement.
For those of you staying with us longer, we offer our lounge for use complete with open fire and wonderful views out to sea. We also run themed evenings now and then where you can relax in the lounge in front of a roaring fire, snuggled on one of our large sofas with a hot drink and snacks. In the summer months, our lounge patio doors overlook the sea, you can relax on a sofa or sit on the patio drinking in the glorious view.