Helmsdale is a small fishing village loctaed on the east coast of Sutherland, but for such a small village has lots of things to do and see. It is most famous for its Salmon River which is rated to be amongst the best in Scotland. The biggest yearly event in the villages calender is the excellent Highland Games it puts on in August.
Helmsdale also has a challenging 9 hole golf course and nearby there is top quality links courses in Brora, Golspie and Royal Dornoch, which rated to be the 8th best course in the World. The surrounding area of Helmsdale offers some spectacular scenery which you can enjoy by car or for the more energetic there is some excellent hill and rural walks to be enjoyed.
For those wishing to venture further afield, there is numerous Castles to explore, the nearest being Dunrobin Castle at Golspie. If Whisky is your thing then there is lots of Dystillerys near helmsdale to visit, neartest being Clynelish, Brora and Glen Morangie, Tain.
Helmsdale is an ideal location for the best of what the Highlands have to offer as it gives you easy access to the top tourist attractions, with Loch Ness, Inverness, Orkney Isles & John O'Groats all just a short day trip away, Helmsdale is also located on the NorthCoast 500, an ever increasing popular tourist route which takes you on a 500 mile drive through the spectacular scenery Scotland has to offer. There is lots to do and see the list is endless.
Helmsdale also has its own award winning Heritage Museum, Timespan. Here you can learn all about the fascinating history of Helmsdale and its surrounding area, most noted for the Highland Clearances and being part of the herring fishing boom in the 1800's. In addition to the museum Timespan also has a workshop space, IT suite, storytelling room, local archive and a stunning geology and riverside garden.
For those wishing to find their fortune, why not try gold panning at Baile an Or in the Strath of Kildonan.
Once you've finished exploring Helmsdale and the Highlands return to Shangri-La where you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the garden on a warm summers (rainny) evening whilst having a drink or on a winters night with a hot cup of tea.