|Scottish Gaelic: Goillspidh|
Golspie shown within the Sutherland area
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross|
|Scottish Parliament||Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency in the Highlands and Islands electoral region|
The name derives from the Norse for "gully village.
Centred on Loch Fleet, three miles south of Golspie, is a national nature reserve with wading birds, wildfowl and seals. Osprey, terns and swallows frequent the loch in summer. Rare wild flowers and plants can be seen in nearby Balblair Wood.
There are four hotels, several guesthouses and bed and breakfast premises as well as self-catering cottages. Dunrobin Castle, the seat of Clan Sutherland, is nearby and has falconry displays. There is a static caravan site.
Golspie hosted the National Mòd in 1977 and 1995.
The village has a Choral Group, Rotary Club, and dancing classes. At the start of August Golspie Gala Week is held. Among the 100 events staged throughout the week are a car-banger derby, a fancy dress parade, a wheelbarrow race and a parade of massed pipe bands as a finale. Golspie Heritage Society has a permanent home in the former Fisherman's Welcome on Station Road. The IT-equipped public library, open for limited periods four days weekly, is in the Community Centre complex adjoining the High School.
Buses operate about every two hours Mondays-Saturdays and infrequently on Sundays from Golspie to Dornoch, Tain and Inverness in the south and Brora, Helmsdale, Berriedale, Dunbeath, Halkirk, Thurso and Scrabster in the north. These are on route X99 and are operated by Stagecoach in the Highlands, but tickets can be bought on the Citylink website.
Golspie has award-winning safe bathing beaches to the north and south of the tidal pier and there is also a public swimming pool in the centre of the village. The Kart Race Track is a mile or two down Ferry Road. The golf course has a mix of links, parkland and heath and there are central facilities for tennis and bowling, football and playing fields. Around Golspie there are opportunities for walking, bird watching and botany study, fossil-hunting and gorges and waterfalls. There is loch and sea angling, as well as sailing and yachting in the bay. In 2006 mountain bike trails were opened on the slopes of Beinn Bhragaidh.
Notable people from Golspie
- Megan Boyd (1915 – 2001), fly-tier
- Lewis Williamson, Formula Renault driver
- Jimmy Yuill, Royal Shakespeare Company actor
- Adam Gunn (1872 – 1935), American athlete, was born in the village
- Professor Gordon MacLeod, international educator: UK, Australia, Pakistan, Africa
- Professor Donald Mackenzie, University of Edinburgh
- William Fowler (architect) (1824-1906), who designed a high proportion of the public buildings in Golspie
- Maclean, R. (nd) Gaelic and Norse in the Landscape: Place names in Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Natural Heritage, ISBN 978-1-85397-633-9
- List of Mod's places for each year on Sabhal Mòr Ostaig website
- "Berriedale ● Dunbeath ● Wick ● Gills Bay & Inverness ● Dornoch ● Golspie ● Brora ● Dunbeath ● Thurso - Timetable from 7 April 2014" (PDF). Stagecoach Bus. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- "Beach awards- Golspie beach". Keep Scotland Beautiful. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
- Golspie: Contributions to its Folklore, 1887, Annie and Bella Cumming and others.