Overscaig House Hotel Overscaig House Hotel, North Highlands, Scotland

History of the Area

Caithness and Sutherland have long histories – in both geological and human timescales.

The North-West of the highlands has recently been denoted one of Europe’s Geoparks in recognition of the area's outstanding geology and landscape. The 2000 square km area takes in some of the finest mountain and coastal landscapes in Britain and contains a wealth of classic geological localities. There are also a significant number of historical and archaeological sites.

With regard to people - from the early evidence of human habitation in Scotland, through the Norse settlements to the "Clearances", crofting and recent land reform, the human story can be traced in this unique landscape that dates back over 9,000 years.

  • For a real connection with the past, get involved with Highland Archaeology Fortnight in October - an annual series of organised site visits, lectures and other events - for more information click here
    There is also Scottish Archaeology Month in September - click here for more info.