Tongue, Highland, United Kingdom

An historic village, dating back to the bronze age, Tongue is found on the north coast of Sutherland in the Highlands. Bronze Age burial sites, Iron Age brochs and early Christian stones all join with the early Norse influence, which explains the unusual name of this village. ‘Tunga’ is a Norse word to describe the distinctive tongue-shaped piece of land that extends into the water. Castle Varrich, which is near the village is also thought to stem from the Norse occupation of the area.

The village is particularly attractive to those interested in walking, climbing and nature as it lies on the east shore of the Kyle of Tongue, in the shadow of Ben Loyal. Those fascinated by the history of the Highlands, have the 17th Century House of Tongue and the boathouse from the next century said to have been inhabited by the Jacobite prisoners from the ship ‘Hazard’ as they were captured trying to transport Bonny Prince Charlie’s gold to support his rebellion.

An historic village in a beautiful Highland location, with something for everybody.

Ben Loyal Hotel

Ben Loyal Hotel


Situated in the coastal village of Tongue, Northwest Highland Ben Loyal Hotel boasts picturesque views of the stunning landscape. Free parking is available and guests also benefit from free Wi-Fi in public areas. Each room at Ben Loyal has an en suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and tea/coffee making facilities. Some rooms have far-reaching views of Kyle of Tongue, the sea, and the mountains.

Very good 8.5 607 reviews

The Tongue Hotel

The Tongue Hotel


This former Victorian sporting lodge is set in the village of Tongue in the North Highlands. Overlooking the beautiful Kyle of Tongue, Ben Loyal, Ben Hope and the ruin of Castle Varrich, it offers luxurious rooms, a cosy bar and restaurant and traditional Scottish breakfasts. Rooms at the Tongue Hotel are individually designed with period features such as wood panelling, open fires and antique furniture. Each includes a decanter of sherry, sweets, as well as a TV, tea and coffee making facilities and Gilchrist and Soames toiletries.

Very good 8.5 374 reviews