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Bettyhill is located in Sutherland
Location within the Sutherland area
OS grid referenceNC706618
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTHURSO
Postcode districtKW14
Dialling code01641
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
58°32′N 4°13′W / 58.53°N 4.22°W / 58.53; -4.22Coordinates: 58°32′N 4°13′W / 58.53°N 4.22°W / 58.53; -4.22

Bettyhill (Scottish Gaelic: Am Blàran Odhar) is a village in the parish of Farr, on the north coast of Scotland.[1]

Bettyhill lies on the A836 road 32 miles (51 km) west of Thurso and 12 miles (19 km) from Tongue. It lies 5 miles (8 km) from the village of Skerray; its former fishing port was called Navermouth.

The Free Church at Bettyhill

Bettyhill's principal attractions are the expanse of Torrisdale Bay, the Strathnaver Museum and salmon fishing on the River Naver. The Strathnaver Museum, probably better known as "The Mackay Museum", has an upstairs, older & larger section devoted to the ancient Clan Mackay. The whole of the north-western highlands (Assynt to Cape Wrath, Loch Shin to Strath Halladale and Reay) was known as "Mackay Country" from the 13th century.[citation needed]

Adjoining Farr High School is North Coast Leisure Centre which comprises a leisure pool, gym, spa and sauna and is open for public use. The craft shop serves fish and chips on a Friday and Saturday night, as well as having a cafe ('The Cafe at Bettyhill') which is currently open seven days a week during summer months. There are several lovely empty beaches nearby. The Bettyhill Hotel contains the Eilean Neave restaurant.[2] The Farr Bay Inn, built in 1819, was formerly the manse and is now a listed building.[3] It has recently come under new management and was refurbished in 2009.[citation needed]

Bettyhill holds an annual football competition called the Guy Cup. Teams from nearby northern areas come to compete for the trophy. This annual gathering is held in remembrance of Philip Mackay (nicknamed "Guy") who died in an oil rig accident. The medals and trophy are usually held[clarification needed] by Guy's mother Phyllis Mackay.


  1. ^ Microsoft; Nokia (20 April 2017). "Bettyhill" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Bettyhill Hotel". Bettyhill Hotel. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Farr Bay Inn". Farr Bay Inn. Retrieved 10 September 2009.

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