Scourie Travel Guide

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Scourie Things to Do

  • Bad Call Bay

    If ever a place possessed a name more unfitting it would have to be named Bad Call Bay. We passed a sign a little way south of Scourie which read Loch Duart No Unauthorised Access but just after one glimpes how could we be denied this most scenic sight! Bad Call Bay is located in the most wonderful spot at Loch Duart which is home to the Sutherland...

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  • Hit the Beach when the sun shines

    It was with great pleasure and blessed relief to encounter the most mind blowing Scourie Bay. The sea was like a gentle millpond displaying glorious hues of blue toned colours blended by the orangey browns of the seaweed and the clasp of the grey rocks which encircle and shelter this most impressive bay. We just adored and treasured our time here,...

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  • Remembrance in White

    The War Memorial erected by the Scourie Community is dedicated to the Soldiers from the local area who lost their lives in WWl. I did like the use of words on this memorial which read in part "in grateful remembrance of the unreturning Brave. Faithful unto Death" The statue of a Soldier from one of the many Highland Regiments, is cast in...

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  • The little village of Scourie

    Scourie is a quiet crofting village in the centre of the Parish of Eddrachiles in the far north west of Sutherland. Its Gaelic name is Sgobhariadh which translates to its original name which has its origins in the word for shed or more properly sheiling, a stone built place of shelter for shepherds and farmers in summer. Scourie was once a stong...

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  • Badcall

    Badcall is split in to two seperate communities, Upper being above the coast, consisting of a smattering of houses and a telephone box. There are lovely views out to Badcall Bay and it's scattering of islands.There is no public access to the coast from here.Lower Badcall is futher south, back onto the A894 and take a right to the old quay.Today,...

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  • Fuel Up and Stock Up

    Just another reminder that petrol is available in Scourie, along with a couple of shops. Take advantage of these facilities if you are touring around. Petrol pumps are few and far between in these north western parts.

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  • Scourie Beach, Pier and Village

    Scourie is a popular (for this part of the world) beach village, with a lovely sheltered beach, consisting of white sand and rocky inlets. Many people who come to Scourie stay on the camp site on the bluff above the coast.On the other side of the bay is Scourie pier with a narrow shingle beach, again, sheltered. Behind here is Scourie House, which...

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  • Fanagmore and Foindle

    These two crofting hamlets are on the same circular road as Tarbet, so we had a look at both.The road runs along the shores of the inland Loch nam Brac, Loch Gobhloch, Loch Dubn and LochDruim na Goille, all of them prolific with water lillies just coming into bloom. I don't know whether it's been a good year for water lillies but they were...

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  • Tarbet

    Tarbet is mainly visited to enable people to catch the small passenger ferry to Handa Island, just across the water. Tarbet is reached via an extremely narrow and often steep, minor road from the A894. We made this journey on the motorbike, and I was glad we did. Having said this, there were at least five motorhomes parked at Tarbet. From the A894...

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Scourie Restaurants

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After our walk through the old part of the village we decided to head for some shade, the nearby Scourie Hotel looked like the perfect place to stop and have a rest from the sun's relentless heat (I never thought I would be writing this on Scotland!) We had parked in the shade, but, even here it was too hot to leave the dogs in the car - they had to come with us. We took a seat in the lovely beer garden at the rear of the hotel where we met cute little Gabbi who was so interested in the dogs (which she cutely called Gogs) she just couldn't keep away. The barman arrived with a big bowl of water for the dogs and noticed they were uncomfortable with the heat, he suggested we could take them into the hotel's reception area or to the little pavilion in the beer garden. A real pet friendly place which I would consider staying in the hotel - no television but they do welcome our four legged companions.

    Favorite Dish: We chose to sit in the shade in the little Pavilion where Gabbie quickly followed to see two happy dogs having a well deserved rest. It was too hot for me to eat but we did order a big cooling orange juice and some mineral water. The food choices were good here - offering snacks and full meals along with a good range of real ales. A very nice place whatever the weather to have a welcome break.

    Gabbi Some shade at last
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Scourie Shopping

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 16, 2008

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    Sutherland is not a shopper's paradise - on the contrary shops are few and far between with no High Street Names or designer outlets. What every village has, no matter how big or small, but most are very small, they all do have a shop which will offer the staff of life. The Spar shops are usually owned and attendened by local people who are always happy to help with your shopping and they will always have time for a chat about their community. We didn't see any of these little shops in the many small places we visited which did not include a Post Office a must for locals and tourists alike - they can change your currency - top up your mobile and provide stamps to post the all important postcards.

    What to buy: The shop sells a wide range of grocery items, fresh bread and dairy products. They also stock prepacked meat products in fact almost everything you can think of including batteries and postcards. You can also buy The National Lottery Tickets from here which is what we popped in for - in the vain hope of having some extra cash to extend our stay!

    What to pay: Prices are a little higher in small villages due to the high cost of fuel. Lottery tickets, postage and mobile phone top ups are the same as anywhere else in the UK

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Scourie Local Customs

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 18, 2008

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    When we first parked the car in Scourie in the old crofting part of the village we spotted this sign. A true Highland custom of sharing in the local community. It was just a small sign speaking about borrowing a ladder for free use during the day and returning it at night. The Community Council here in Scourie encourages a lending exchange amongst its residents. There are no DIY stores in this area so tools, garden equipment and decorating materials are shared on a basis of trust that the equipment will be returned in good order. Visitors to this area will undoubtedly notice the dual language of English and Scottish Gaelic used in road signs and street names, as well as hearing the lilt in the spoken word. In hotels and shops it is always appreciated when you say Tapadh Leat - simply Thank You in Gaelic and I'm sure it is used lot in the lending scheme. Moffat Square's name grew considerably like most words in Gaelic to Cearnag A' Mhach Fhada.

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