Head back over the Skye bridge and travel north Plockton which is home to Duncraig Castle which was built in 1866 by the Matheson family. The castle has been transformed into luxury accommodation and is currently closed for refurbishment, but is due to reopen in spring 2014.
Continue north on the winding coastal road through Wester Ross and stop off at the coastal resort of Ullapool, before travelling inland to Lairg at the south-east end of Loch Shin.
A single track road on the north-east shore takes you to Shinness, where the Mathesons settled in the late 15th century and acted as baillies to the Earls of Sutherland. Despite its remoteness, this area would have been populated by many crofters. However, in the early 1800s, the Duke of Sutherland decided sheep grazing would be more profitable than rents gathered from crofts and so began the Highland Clearances which forced some 15,000 people from the Sutherland estates.