From the Heart of Sutherland travel through Bonar Bridge, maybe stopping at Spinningdale for a walk around Loch Migdale to watch the red and black throated divers often to be seen there or perhaps watch the osprey fishing in the loch. Then head east to Dornoch to visit the Cathedral where some retail therapy can be found, stopping for lunch at Luigi's or The Courthouse. Perhaps a walk on the beautiful beach at Dornoch will be required to walk off those extra calorie just consumed. Afterwards follow the road to Embo and back onto the A9 before heading to the shores of the nature reserves at both Loch Fleet or The Mound to look for seals, fishing ospreys and a huge variety of wading birds. Head home through Strath Fleet, maybe popping into the Pier cafe in Lairg for a coffee and a cake on the way home.
Take the A9 north and visit the enchanting Dunrobin Castle just outside Golspie with its coastal location and stunning gardens followed by a walk to the Big Burn, or take a tour of the Clyneish distillery in Brora. Carry on up the coast towards Helmsdale and take time to visit the Timespan Heritage centre. Drive home along Strath Kildonan and try your hand at panning for gold, or pay a visit to the historic Rosal Clearance Village. If you are into nature and wildlife take the A897 north and visit the RSPB Forsinard Flows site featuring the rare blanket bog peatland and discover the host of plants and bird life found there.Then head back towards Lairg with maybe a stop off at the remote Crask Inn for a quick drink.
Heading west gives you a wealth of touring options that could provide you with day trips for every day of your holiday. Firstly why not take the A 837 west passing through Elphin stopping at the tea rooms to plan your day over a coffee. If you are into geology Knockan Crag is worth a stop or maybe a walk around Inverpolly nature reserve is more your thing. From here you can head towards Ullapool through stunning mountain scenery, take a walk around the harbour and maybe enjoy lunch by the water. Alternatively head towards the Summer Isles and enjoy the views over the islands or take a boat cruise to get a closer look.
Alternatively you can turn northwards at Ledmore Junction and head towards Inchnadamph and take a walk to the historic bone caves. Drive along Loch Assynt and admire the beautiful Ardveck Castle ruin before driving to Lochinver to take lunch at the famous Lochinver Larder Pie shop, Peets restaurant or maybe splash out at Chez Roux in the Inver Lodge Hotel. Enjoy a morning or afternoon boat trip from the harbour around the islands to wildlife watch or maybe a fishing trip. Take the longer drive towards Drumbeg stopping at Achmelvich beach with its amazing white sands, then head towards the Old Man of Stoer where you can walk out to the point or sit by the lighthouse and watch whales and dolphins from the clifftop, whilst drinking hot chocolate before paying a visit to the most northerly compost loo in Britain! Or from Lochinver head on towards the village of Scourie and take the boat trip to the bird reserve of Handa Island to watch thousands of seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills, skuas and puffins. You can stop at the Shorehouse restaurant as you get off the boat for tea and scones or to enjoy one of their fresh seafood dishes.
A drive to the north coast is a must. Head north out of Lairg onto Altnaharra followed by the Kyle of Tongue. A magnificent drive through some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see - look out for deer - red, sika and roe are all possible. Head through Kinbrace and Helmsdale, then back down the A9. You might like to stop at Dunrobin Castle for afternoon tea or why not take a packed lunch, park and admire the view along the rugged east coast.
Or from the Kyle of Tongue head east to visit the famous landmark of John O Groats or maybe visit the true most northerly point of the UK at Dunnet Head going on to visit the Castle of Mey, the home of the late Queen Mother and for a comparison stop off at Mary Ann's cottage a traditional crofters cottage.
Heading back south then why not stop at the Glenmorangie distillery and take a guided tour. Stop off at the historic town of Tain, before travelling to the coastal port of Portmahomack and walk along the harbour or the small beach. Take a walk out to Tarbet Ness to view the lighthouse or watch passing pods of dolphins.