Sports & Recreation


Highland Wildcat Trails

Voted as “Best Destination in the UK” by Mountain Bike Rider magazine, Highland Wildcat offers trails for all abilities that link directly to Golspie village and its local services.

National Cycle Route
The Sutherland stretch of the National Cycle Route passes through Golspie, Lairg, Tongue, Melvich, Kinbrace and Helmsdale. The route continues north through Caithness via Helmsdale, Kinbrace, Melvich, Thurso and John O’Groats.

Great courses within easy reach: Skibo Castle, Tain, Golspie, Brora, Bonar Bridge and the most famous of all, Royal Dornoch. The Championship course, rated 16th in the world, is classic links, with the first 8 holes following the natural grades of the old dune embankments, while the remainder skirts the sandy beaches of Dornoch Bay.

Salmon and Sea Trout fishing
This is available on Loch Brora (boat fishing only) approximately 40 minutes drive from Dornoch.

TroutQuest offers fly fishing holidays for salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout at our base in Ross-shire, and guided excursions throughout the Northern Highlands

Wild Brown Trout fishing
Good quality brown trout are available on Loch Buidhe with smaller fish on Loch Lagain, both lochs enjoying fine scenery and good sport. Bank fishing can be as productive, should it be too windy for the boat.

Cromarty Sailing Club
Even if you have never sailed, and feel that you do not want to commit in case you discover you don't like sailing, why not contact the club and try sailing for free.

How To Get Here

Pitcalzean House. Location of large self-catering property

We were looking for a venue to celebrate our respective 70th and 75th birthdays. As a family of descendants of Surgeon Major William Brydon, the sole survivor of the massacre of Jellalabad, Britain's first disastrous foray into Afghanistan, we were in the midst of reading two recent books on the subject, John Cunningham's "The Last Man" and William Dalrymple's "Return of a King", we idly 'googled' Pitcalzean House, the home to which the Brydons retired after leaving India. To our surprise and delight, it was available for holiday rent and so, an idea was born. The owners, the Fillers could not have been more helpful. Fiona was full of advice, not only regarding the house but also putting us in touch with an excellent chef to cater for some of the meals and a brilliant trio who organised a Ceilidh. For a gathering of a very widespread family (France, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Oman and even England) it was the perfect venue, comfortable ,extensive and with plenty of room and activities inside and out for all ages. Not only the property but the whole region is charming and, for us, full of family history. We cannot recommend it more highly for such a gathering. Bruce & Jenny Lawson (Great, great granddaughter of William Brydon)
Bruce and Jenny Lawson

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About Pitcalzean House

This large self-catering property is available for exclusive use. Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House with a distinguished past. It is one of the finest large properties available to rent on the NC500. This self-catering property in the Scottish Highlands is available and is perfect for large groups, family holidays or reunions. The property is available as a corporate meeting venue in the North of Scotland.  Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House available as a Wedding Venue.

You will get a personal co-ordinator to help with the catering, hold your own ceilidh and help reccomend local activities. Pitcalzean House is a large property  available for exclusive use which sleeps up to 38 in the house and cottage.

With its own party barn this property is ideal as an exclusive party venue.

Pitcalzean House, Pitcalnie, Near Tain, Ross-Shire, Scotland IV19 1QT

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