VENTURE NORTH, the organisation that promotes responsible tourism in Caithness and Sutherland in the far north of the Highlands, has revealed highlights of what’s new for 2023, including accommodation, attractions, outdoor activities and wellbeing retreats.

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For nature-lovers, it recommends Thermal Imaging Wildlife Safaris launched in Dornoch, Sutherland. Connell Outdoor Pursuits has launched new guided wildlife tours for visitors to enjoy after dark using the latest thermal imaging technology.

A tour offers a rare opportunity to observe animals in the wild under the cover of darkness, including deer, foxes, badgers, rabbits, pine martens and hedgehogs.

Meanwhile, fans of snorkelling and coasteering can seek out some thrills in east Sutherland and Caithness with the Sutherland Adventure Company which offers new and exciting paddleboard trips, including a half-day trip to see the stunning Dunrobin Castle, near Golspie.

For those seeking more leisurely pursuits, a visit to Strathnaver Museum, near Thurso in Caithness, comes highly recommended. The museum, in the picturesque coastal village of Bettyhill, reopens in April after a £1.2m refurbishment.

Located in a regionally important historic building, the former Parish Church of Farr, it explores the fascinating story of 8,000 years of human occupation in north-west Sutherland.

captions Paddleboarding and coasteering in east Sutherland and Caithness