Map of Area Clans

These areas illustrate the Clans' sphere of influence about the time of King James VI.

The maps and images on this page illustrate where Sutherland is and what it looks like. You may also want to visit The Internet Guide to Scotland. It is a wonderful online resource, and their page "The Far North, Caithness and Sutherland", offers information, photographs and links for many of the towns in the region. Visit The Internet Guide to Scotland at http://www.scotland-info.co.uk/caithnes.htm

During the nineteenth century, the Dukes of Sutherland owned virtually the whole of the modern county of Sutherland. The western area of Assynt, which was purchased in the mid-eighteenth century was actually MacLeod country, and the northwestern area of Strathnaver was MacKay territory.

Map of County Sutherland

Much of the northern region is wilderness. The scenery varies from panoramic mountain views and tiny islands to moorland and remote sandy beaches. There are dozens of ruined castles and ancient monuments, particularly in the east.

Ben Klibreck

The mountains emerge from the clouds around Ben Klibreck, south of Tongue.

Picture courtesy of and copyright by The Internet Guide to Scotland.

River Shin

River Shin. Picture courtesy of The Internet Guide to Scotland.

River Shin

Central Sutherland

Ardvreck Castle

Stormy Day, Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt

Picture courtesy of and copyright by Gordon C Harrison at http://www.gordon-c-harrison.co.uk/

The Assynt Mountains

Suilven from Canisp, in the Assynt Mountains.

Picture courtesy of and copyright by The Internet Guide to Scotland.

Durness Beach

A beach near Durness. Picture courtesy of and copyright by The Internet Guide to Scotland.


Most of Clan Sutherland's history revolves around east coast towns such as Golspie, Dornoch, Brora and Helmsdale.

River Helmsdale

River Helmsdale

A Street in Helmsdale

A Street in Helmsdale

A Parade in Golspie

A Parade in Golspie

The Ancient Golspie Broch

The Ancient Golspie Broch

The Coast near Brora

The Coast near Brora

Dornoch Catherdal

Dornoch Catherdal. Picture courtesy of The Dornoch Community Website at http://www.dornoch.org.uk/


Sutherland northwest coast

Sutherland, on the northwest coast.

Picture courtesy of Dave Armstrong.