A small town on the east coast of Sutherland in Highland Council Area, Golspie lies between Dornoch and Brora at the mouth of the Golspie Burn. It developed as a fishing village in the 18th century and following the construction of a pier in the 19th century it prospered as a ferry terminal. The coming of the railway in 1868 brought tourists and a golf club was opened in 1889. Between 1975 and 1996 it shared Sutherland District's administration with Dornoch. Nearby are the Carn Liath Iron Age broch and Dunrobin Castle.
Notable facilities which also serve the surrounding district include the Lawson Memorial Hospital (1899) and Golspie High School (1963). The former came to national attention when Beatle John Lennon (1940-80), his partner Yoko Ono and family spent five days as patients in 1969 following a car crash.