Loch Brora

Everyone loves Brora
...the perfect fusion of golden beaches and dramatic bens and glens.

Enjoy the holiday of a lifetime in the real Highland communities of Brora and Golspie. Explore all the North Highlands when you stay here... or take a break from driving, and explore the many holiday treasures on your doorstep. Choose your holiday accommodation here.


Brora links, pictured from the Links Apartments.


Enjoy an away-day to John O'Groats and Orkney. All the Highlands are within easy reach when you stay at Beautiful Brora... and you can choose routes away from those lumbering North Coast 500 campervans. We hope we'll soon see you enjoying a Highlands holiday based at Brora. We promise you the warmest welcome — and you'll get to explore the remote and wondrous Highlands in your own way, and your own time. Please check prices and availability here or call Royal Marine Hotel 01408 621252. 

Golf Club

If you live at Brora, you're never too young to start playing golf. (Or too old.) Views from Brora Golf Club are stunning.

Carol Rock

Carol Rock, overlooking Loch Brora.


Best beach in the Highlands? We think so.


Dunrobin Castle, near Golspie, is one of Scotland's best-loved tourist attractions, and it has its own magical little railway station. You have to put your hand out to stop the train.


This Sutherland monument (known locally as 'The Mannie') sits atop 1,302ft Ben Bhraggie. To walk/clamber to the summit, go to the end of Fountain Road, Golspie, and onward under the railway bridge, where you'll find a car park.

River Brora footbridge and ford at Doll. (Don't attempt the ford unless you're certain your vehicle can cope.)


There are 330 (or more) precipitous Whaligoe Steps, leading to a little harbour way below. Why a harbour in such an inaccessible place? Read about it here. To get there, take the A9 north, then the A99 towards Wick. Look for the Cairn of Get sign on your left. The Whaligoe Steps are opposite. There's a car park behind some cottages.


The Royal Marine is Brora's popular four-star hotel. It manages bookings for the Links Apartments, which are just round the corner.   There are three eating venues at the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora... Lorimer's Restaurant, the Bistro, and the Garden Room. Particularly recommended are the cullen skink and the collop-and-haggis.


Everyone takes the tour of fairytale Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, which may have been one of the inspirations for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. Don't miss the little stairway between the separate bedrooms of the Duke and Duchess!

Brora golf course

This view over Moray Firth was taken from Brora Links Apartments. Keep your eyes open for dolphin (which put on playful displays in the bay) and the more solitary porpoises. Also to be seen are minke whales which come close to the shore, and of course seals.


The Coffin Road from Oldtown to Clynekirton is about three miles. The views are stunning. Counterintuitively look downwards (towards Loch Brora) to see deer. There's room to park well off the road at the start point, about six miles along Strath Brora. You could enjoy the walk both ways... or get someone to drop you off by car, then walk all the way back to the Brora Links Apartments, a little under five miles. Here's a map to guide you (showing the Coffin Walk itself, plus the homeward stretch via Dalchalm and Brora golf course).

Cattle on beach

Cattle on Brora beach.

Brora harbour at Christmas. Brora was once Sutherland's industrial powerhouse, mining its own coal and generating its own electricity. The harbour was a hive of activity during the herring boom of the 1800s, when coal from the local pit (which closed in 1974) was used to heat large pans of sea water to produce salt for the herring fleets along the coast.

Big Burn

To view the Big Burn Falls, take the small Backies road off the A9 between Dunrobin Castle and Golspie. Then, in about a mile, you'll find a car park for the Big Burn Walk.