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Climbers will find a huge choice of challenging cliffs or you may want to explore Ben Hope or Ben Loyal near Tongue. Anyone visiting the area should be sure to take in Strathy Point and The Historic Strathy Lighthouse. The views here are breathtaking, especially on a wild day when the surf crashes up to the tops of the cliffs. In spring and summer the area is covered in wild flowers, some common, some very rare. There are few roads heading inland from the coast where the wild and beautiful moorland stretches on for miles. Just a mile or so from the Inn the ancient Strathy Priest’s Stone can be found. It is said that, should anyone try to move it, terrible storms would be drawn to the area. A little further inland in Strathy Forest is hidden an ancient rocking stone the noise from which would have been used to call the clans in years gone by.
Strathy and the surrounding area were dramatically affected by the Highland Clearances in the early 19th century with many folk from inland communities being forcibly relocated from their fertile and relatively sheltered lands to the harsher environment of the coast. Many families were moved to Strathy at that time, but now the population of Strathy is just around 100 people. This area is Mackay territory and a large proportion of our local population today are Mackays . Many people visit the area each year to research their ancestry.
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The Inn is located just a short walk from the beautiful sands of Strathy beach; great for surfing, kayaking and fishing or just walking, building sandcastles, exploring caves or flying kites. The wonderful thing about this remote coast is that even in the height of the tourist season you will often find that you will have this and other outstanding nearby beaches to yourself.