I have a friend who lives in Bettyhill, and the scenery is indeed spectacular, the beaches are within easy reach, the Strathnaver is an excellent place to learn about the Highland Clearances. This was when the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland decided that humans were worth less than sheep, so the locals were burned out of their homes, which is also why a lot of the Sutherland villages are on the coast, this was where they were forced to live, eating sea-weed and beach-combing for ' furniture '. Sadly the hotel has been closed for some time, but rumours are that it may soon re-open. There are also rumours that the church of Scotland may soon merge with the free church, holding joint services. As for the puffins, otters and dolphins, it's possible that they may be seen somewhere along this coastline, but in my frequent visits, I'm afraid I have'nt seen hide nor hair of these creatures. But..there are deer, two tame deer which will come to you for treats, further afield, there are great herds of wild deer. Two shops, one of which doubles as a post office, and the cafe beside the museum, plus the aforementioned pool and gym make up the rest of Bettyhill.
Yes, it's a great place to visit, but not to live in.