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Why do visitors return to Golspie year after year? Because they have fallen in love with this East Sutherland village of 1650 people, located so picturesquely on the shores of the Moray Firthunder the shadow of Ben Bhraggie (394m).

Its landmark monument near the summit, to the 1st Duke of Sutherland who died in 1833, can be seen for many miles around, and is cherished as a welcome home sign to returners by road, rail or sea.

 
 

 

From the award winning beaches to the north and south of the tidal pier, where families can have safe bathing, there is the public swimming pool in the centre of the village for those who prefer warmer water.

All around Golspie are attractive walks which offer panoramic views, opportunities for bird watching and botany study, fossil-hunting and the magical enchantment of the Big Burn gorges and waterfalls.

The excellent golf course which provides a mix of links, parkland and heath is a sure favouritewith visiting players, along with central facilities for tennis and bowling, football and playing fields for the young. 

 

On the social side of village life there is a Choral Group, Rotary Club, dancing classes of many and varied styles, plusat the start of August the ever-entertaining Golspie Gala Week, now with more than 30 years'continuous success. Among the 100 events staged throughout eight days are a car-banger derby, a fancy dress parade, a hilarious wheelbarrow race and a parade of massed pipe bands as a finale.

 
 

 

Golspie Heritage Society, which started in recent years with public exhibitions of local artefacts, photographs and documents during Gala Week, now has a permanent home in the former Fisherman's Welcome on Station Road.There are plans to mount regular public displays there.

The Church of Scotland and the Free Church have well-established congregations, while thoseof the Roman Catholic and Anglican Church faith worship in nearby Brora.

 

A "Biblical Garden" established in the grounds of Seaforth House, opposite the Orcadian Stone Geology Centre, is well worth a visit to see the variety of plants and flowers, shrubs and statuary skilfully presented for quiet contemplation.

There are four hotels, several guesthouses and B&Bs, as well as self-catering cottages available all year round to cater for stop-over and holidaying visitors.