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Helmsdale, Sutherland (Credit: Venture North)
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Helmsdale is steeped in history and industry. Helmsdale fishing port at the mouth of the River Helmsdale, was, during the 19th Century, one of the most important herring ports in Scotland bringing prosperity to the town. The perfect place for fishing enthusiasts, history buffs and outdoor adventurers, explore at your own pace and discover the wonders of Helmsdale.

Historic Helmsdale, however, has been a key location in the Highlands for industry, trade and exploration since the Viking Age. Norse settlers called the strath Hjalmundal, meaning Dale of the Helmet, from which the modern village name Helmsdale is derived.

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