Friday, 1 November 2019

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Helmsdale

Countryside around Helmsdale Hostel, Scottish Independent Hostel in Sutherland, Scottish Highlands

Situated on the East Coast, in Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands, Helmsdale is a hidden gem of a harbour town.  Helmsdale Hostel is run by Marie who will provide you with all information you need to make the most out of your stay in Helmsdale.

Salmon Fishing on the River Helmsdale, near Helmsdale Hostel

Salmon Fishing

The River Helmsdale has some of the best salmon fishing in the north of Scotland. Salmon can be caught from the opening day of the season on the 11th January right through until the river closes on 30th September. Visitors can obtain permits daily or by the week.

Xmas and New Year Celebrations

A wonderful place to enjoy Christmas and/or New Year.  Helmsdale Hostel offers a cosy welcome to groups over the festive period. Open fires, spacious rooms and excellent facilities, including ensuites in dorms and private bedrooms.

Helmsdale Hostel is on the Land's End to John O'Groats Walking Route

Land's End John O'Groats Route

Local buses can take you to different start points on the route and the hostel has an excellent drying room if the weather is challenging! Find out more.

Gold Panning at Baile an Or (not in photo), Helmsdale

Gold Panning

Try your luck at Baile an Or, the site of the Great Sutherland Gold Rush of 1869. If you don’t strike it rich, you’ll still be able to enjoy the beautiful Highland scenery!

On the NC500 

The perfect stopping place on the hugely popular North Coast 500 route. If you’re on 2-wheels they’ve even got a cycle shed to store your bikes.

Timespan Museum and Arts Centre

Just by Helmsdale Bridge, you’ll find Timespan, a wonderful local museum and art gallery with a great little gift shop and cafĂ©. It’s a real gem!

Wildlife Spotting

This beautiful scenic area in the North East of Scotland is a haven for wildlife, particularly famous for red deer and birdlife.

The Beach at Helmsdale, close to Helmsdale Hostel

Helmsdale Beach

A wonderful place to take time out to enjoy the lovely scenery and location.  Take a good look at the beautiful rocks (the Timespan Museum has lots of info the local geology).

Helmsdale Harbour

Enjoy seasonal boat trips for some excellent bird-watching, sight-seeing and sea angling.

Fish and Chips in Helmsdale

Proper Fish and Chips

There are some great local places to enjoy a bite to eat, some reviews claim they have the best fish and chips in the Highlands!

Helmsdale Hostel

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