Mountains near Tongue, originally uploaded by BrianForbes37

One of the main villages on the north coast of Sutherland, Tongue lies on the eastern side of the Kyle of Tongue, a large sea inlet which extends from Tongue Bay inland for about six miles. The village is an important junction where the road from the south (from Altnaharra and Lairg) meets the north coast road that runs from Durness to Melvich and on to Caithness. This road crosses the Kyle of Tongue by means of a long, sweeping causeway & bridge that was built in 1971. Before then, travellers either had to take the passenger ferry that crossed the Kyle, although this ceased to run in 1956, or drive the 10 miles along the narrow road that runs round the head of the Kyle.

Tongue today is a quiet little village. It has a couple of small shops and a Post Office as well as a bank and a petrol station. There is a wide range of accommodation including two hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfasts and self catering accommodation. There is also a Youth Hostel in the village. The area surrounding Tongue is ideal for hillwalkers and climbers. Ben Hope – Scotland’s most northerly Munro – lies to the south west of the Kyle while Ben Loyal towers over the village from the south. 

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I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

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