There is only one road leading from Inverness to this part of Sutherland, it is the famous B9176 which seems to climb up Struie Hill forever. While we were driving to get to Lairg it was raining and as the car climbed ever higher feelings of dread overcame me. Many many years ago we had driven this road to holiday at Embo, travelling in an old Ford Popular our only worry then was 'would the old thing make it over the hill?' We were literally driving through the low cloud, which to me is more depressing than fog. Visability was down to almost zero and the journey very slow and silent, conscentration was the key factor here. I did spot the sign for the viewpoint through the gloom but there was little point in stopping my heart sank at an opportunity missed (mist pun intented) There is always a flip side to a coin and a road, on our return the weather was perfect and the view point was a must stop. There in all its glory was the spectacular Dornoch Firth and its 'Million Dollar View' A perect farewell to the Highlands and lovely Sutherland, this view will remain in my memory forever.
You can travel to Lairg from Inverness. Trains run three times a day for arrivals and three trains for departures. Please note the station is unmanned and it is a request stop, tickets are available to buy on board the train. You can also travel further north east from here to Wick and Thurso. Single fare from Inverness is £12.70 there is a slight reduction on a return ticket. The journey time is almost double that by car one hour 41 minutes but the route is very scenic and takes you along the east coast before travelling inland. The station is located a few miles outside the village but there is a free phone to the local mini buses, check the web site for more details.