Beautiful Brora

A perfect fusion of luxurious living,
golden beaches, and dramatic bens and glens



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Garlic

Red Can you smell it? Wild garlic at Golspie Big Burn is divinely aromatic.

John O'G

Blob 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. 

Chopper

Red When these four New Yorkers arrived, especially to play golf at Brora, they pronounced the course awesome. And they're right.

Young golfers

Red If you live at Brora, you're never too young to start playing golf. (Or too old.)

Clubhouse

Red Views from Brora Golf Club are stunning.

Red Carn Liath, between Golspie and Brora.

Uppat

Red Park at the end of the Queen's Drive, courtesy of Sutherland Estates (see map) and follow the small road to Uppat Farm, where, in spring, you'll be greeted by this glorious sight. On your left is Dunrobin Wood — home of the Sutherland wildcat — which stretches all the way to the village of Golspie.

New Year

Red Brora welcomes in the New Year in its usual style.

Beach

Blob Best beach in the Highlands? We think so.

Dunrobin

Blob Dunrobin Castle, near Golspie... one of Scotland's best-loved tourist attractions.

Brora in spring Ben Bhraggie

Red Brora in spring.

Red 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.

Whaligoe Steps Brora beach

Red 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.

Red This little chap on Brora beach eventually returned to his frantic mother in the sea. But he didn't really understand why he shouldn't continue lying on the sand, soaking up the morning sun.

Royal Marine

Red The Royal Marine is Brora's popular four-star hotel. It manages bookings for the Links Apartments, which are just round the corner.

Starter Boy and dog

Red 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.

Red A boy and his dog on Brora beach, directly in front of the Links Apartments. Brora is simply made for children and grandchildren.

Dunrobin From 18

Red 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!

Red This view over Moray Firth was taken from The Brora Links Apartments, Brora. 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 in really close to the shore, and of course seals.

Coffin Walk Ben Bhraggie trails

Red 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).

Red The Wildcat mountain bike trails up, around and down Ben Bhraggie at Golspie are world-class. They're graded, from easy to hard. So you don't have to break every bone in your body. Remember to lower your seat before you set off. View maps for the different routes.

Ben Bhraggie

Red Mountain bike flyover near the summit of Ben Bhraggie.

Brora Remembers Highland cattle

Red In November, 2018, the centenary of World War One, Brora remembered its fallen.

Red Cattle on Brora beach.

Brora Harbour

Red 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 Falls Coffin Walk

Red 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. Very pretty.

Red Strath Brora in spring, at the start of the Coffin Walk.