Head west of Thurso and into the ancestral heartland of Clan Mackay where a must-see attraction is the Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill. This is where the strath, or valley, of the river Naver reaches the dramatic coastline. The museum's Clan Mackay Room contains fascinating documents and memorabilia
The museum is also the starting popint of the Strathnaver Trail which is an interesting collection of 29 archeological sites across the area and includes the remains of Neolithic cairns, Pictish carved stones and much more.
Despite the Mackays loyalty to the government during the Jacobite rebellion, they were unable to escape the harsh Highland Clearances, and the deserted, ruined farmsteads found along the trail are one of the most moving sights from the time.