Caithness and Sutherland
Caithness and Sutherland combined is one of the most remote areas of Europe. Inland the landscape is rugged and very sparsely populated. The sea-coasts boast very high cliffs and deep fjords in the east and north, ragged inlets on the west and sandy beaches in the north. The remote far north west point of Sutherland, Cape Wrath is the most north westerly point in Scotland. It has many rugged mountains such as Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro. Particularly photogenic are the sandstone peaks of Foinaven, Arkle, Cùl Mór and Suilven together with similar peaks to the south in Wester Ross, such as Stac Pollaidh. There are also very fine beaches, a remote example being Sandwood Bay, which can only be reached by foot along a rough track. There are pockets of the native Scots Pine, remnants of the original Caledonian Forest.