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29 October 2022

A mile along the coast from Torrisdale beach is the village of Bettyhill, named after the wife of the Countess of Sutherland who gained quite a name for herself as a key player in the Clearances, during which tenants were ruthlessly evicted to make way for more profitable sheep farming. Along this stretch of the Sutherland coast, Bettyhill has a feel of a ‘hub’, with its general stores, cafe, garage, school and museum. It also has its own beach in Farr Bay, which on this Saturday afternoon was swarming (in other words, ten people). The attractive bay is just a short walk from the road alongside the Strathnaver Museum. I feel I should return to this beach one day as I didn’t have enough time to explore it fully, and it was too busy for my liking.