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The Tongue Hotel was built in the 1800's as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Sutherland but we won't hold this against him. It is a fine example of Victorian Architecture with lots of interesting detail. Here in the modern times you will be welcomed with genuine highland hospitality. Despite its Victorian exterior the interior is bright with modern touches but still retains the elegance of the Victorian period. We sat outside on the pretty terrace which overlooks the sea. Tables both inside and out are numbered so you select what food you want, then order and pay at the bar giving your table number. Service is friendly and efficient, the home cooked food does take a little time to prepare but worth the wait.
Favorite Dish: We had the light lunch selection which comprised soup and sandwiches. The soup was potato (tattie) soup made with fresh mutton - hearty and deliciously wholesome. The sandwiches were generously cut filled with roast beef and horse radish sauce complete with crisps and side salad. They do a great range in real ales and malt whisky but the day was too hot so we both had cool fresh mineral water. The Tongue Hotel is a nice place to stop whatever the time of day they are happy to serve you and provide a welcome break from the road of travel.
Updated Aug 29, 2008
Address: Tongue Sutherland
Phone: 01847 611266
click here A song for the roadThe road to Tongue from Lairg is a long slow affair which involves a drive of nearlyforty miles on the A836. On looking at the road map before we decided to journey to Tongue, neither of us realised this would be single track all the way. 'A' listed roads are normally trunk roads the 'B' roads in Sutherland are the more usual single track. The road travels through some spledid scenery as it passes Loch Loyal with Ben Loyal always looming in the distance. It is between nothing and nowhere with not a single village or even stray croft to be found on this road. I joked with my husband that I would have to look for a VT destination called passing place! Ha ha I did look and there isn't one! On the serious side the many passing places will be your guide on how to drive these roads. Some important points to remember for a safe drive are - If you see an oncoming car and the passing place is nearer you but on the right, stop opposite it on the left and allow the car to pass. Check your mirror frequently - if traffic appears behind you they are travelling much faster than you and will probably be local traffic - don't hold them up pull in and allow them on their way. You will usually get a 'thank you' by means of a double flash of indicators. Sometimes traffic meets where there is no immediate passing place, in this case the driver closest to a place behind will reverse back.
Concentration and consideration are the key to driving here. This particular road has the national speed limit of 60 miles an hour - don't be fooled - you can't drive at this speed. Take your time and enjoy the journey.
Updated Sep 7, 2008
scottishvisitor Says: We visited the many beaches and coves around Sutherland's East and West Coast. All were more or less isolated of visitors and were a paradise for beach combers. The stunning Torrisdale Bay which lies at the most northern coast, in a heart stopping moment comes into your view...