Helmsdale's small size belies its regional importance: it's population of well under a thousand still makes it the largest settlement in the great swathe of coastline and countryside between Brora to the south, Wick to the north-east and Thurso to the north. The village first grew up as a resettlement location for evicted inland crofters during the notorious Highland Clearances, with a busy harbour once home to one of the world's largest herring fleets. Find out about all this and more in the excellent Timespan Museum, close to the village centre.
Name: Helmsdale ★★☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: ND 027154 / continued glue sniff
Within walking distance
Name: Timespan ★★★☆☆
Description: Excellent museum, art gallery and community hub showcasing the region's heritage and history, logically laid out through time.
Location: Dunrobin Street, village centre, G.R.: ND 026154 / highlighted nagging landscape
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £4 (adults), £2 (children)
|[East end of the village]|