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Thurso

Thurso is the most northerly town on the Scottish mainland and provides a real holiday adventure away from the crowds amongst the unspoilt natural beauty of Scotland’s northern most Highland region; it’s just ideal for exploring the scenic north and east coasts and remote Caithness.

The town itself has many traditional independent shops as well as supermarkets for all your needs. There are also plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants, so if you feel like a break from cooking, you can easily eat out.

Caithness Horizons is a modern museum that is well worth visiting. It is located in the old Town Hall and you can see many permanent exhibits telling the story of Caithness, as well as a changing programme of exhibitions. There is also a gift shop selling local crafts and a cafe that is used for small exhibitions in the centre.

Thurso is a major centre for surfing that come all year round. Surfing championships and kayak surfing championships are held here which attract sportsmen and women from all over the world.

From the town’s seafront, the remains of Thurso Castle can be seen, but as this was partly demolished following a fire in 1952 there is not much to see. The seafront is extremely picturesque, with views over the Pentland Firth to Hoy.

The Castle, and particularly the Gardens of Mey, about fifteen miles east of Thurso, are well worth visiting. These were renovated by the Queen Mother, who owned them between 1952 and 1996, and are open to the public from May to September.

To go on your north highland adventure see our holiday cottages in Thurso today.
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  • Gladstone Cottage

    Castletown, nr. Thurso

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W41543

    Coastal location

    This attractive ground floor holiday apartment forms part of a stone cottage situated in the village of Castletown. Its high ceilings, original wooden shutters and cottage garden (grassed area outside the main garden provides space for dogs’ exercise) all add to its charm. Four miles of sandy beach adjoins the fishing harbour 800 yards from the property. Sea angling and loch fishing are available. Known for its unspoilt beaches and wide variety of wildlife and, at certain times of year, the Northern Lights are visible. Central to many surfing locations, golf courses and the Castle of Mey (8 miles). Take a day-trip to the Orkney Isles. An all weather short mat bowling green is available for guests to use. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Dressing room with walk-in shower. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden. Ample parking. NB: Smoking is not allowed in the bedrooms.

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  • Four Winds

    Portskerra, nr. Thurso

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41822

    Beautiful sea views

    A warm Highland welcome is assured in this unspoilt area which boasts the golden sands of Melvich Bay, 1 mile, coastal walks where impressive cliffs are alive with a variety of seabirds including the puffin and there is the opportunity of seeing whales, dolphins/purpoise. Super area for mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, sea and river fishing and sea trips. Or just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area. A super base for touring the Northern Highlands and taking a day trip on the Orkney Islands. Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.5 miles and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Book library (many of local interest). Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

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  • Larachan

    Scarfskerry near Castletown

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511398
    Larachan is a spacious, detached holiday bungalow perched on the edge of the sea, in the quiet hamlet of Scarfskerry. It provides bright and generous accommodation, and the lounge has large picture windows that boast amazing uninterrupted sea views across the Pentland Firth to Orkney. There is a bright, modern kitchen/dining area and three attractively presented bedrooms. The garden grounds lead directly down to the sea with a private rocky beach. This area has some of the finest beaches to be found in the UK. At nearby Dunnet Bay, paths lead through the white sandy dunes to the sweeping beach below. Surfing, body-boarding, sand-buggying, swimming, horse riding and wildlife watching are all local pastimes, yet this superb beach is never crowded. It is also close to the Highland Tourist Trail that runs from Wick Harbour in the east, through to Ullapool in the west. This trail follows a route across the far north and west of Scotland, taking in some of the most dramatic scenery, with mountain ranges, stunning beaches and an ever-changing coastline along the way.
    The Castle of Mey, beautifully restored by the late Queen Mother, is clearly visible from the cottage and just a stones throw away. This fairytale castle has a fascinating history and the gardens, grounds and views are wonderful. The whole area is renowned for its bird and sea life, puffins, Great Skua, otters, seals, dolphins and whales are all seen around these coastal waters. Take a boat trip from John O’ Groats to encounter the sealife and to explore this fascinating coastline. Day trips are also available to the Orkney Isles, where visitors can explore Neolithic villages, standing stones, Scapa Flow and the amazing Italian chapel, built by prisoners during the Second World War.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance and then is all on the ground floor, has economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 30" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and large picture windows overlooking the sea.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with electric cooker, gas hob and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With claw foot bath, heated towel rail and WC.
    Wet room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Riverbank House

    Thurso

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42653

    Enjoying views over the River Thurso, this detached bungalow is quietly situated at the edge of town, and provides a super holiday base for touring this part of the Northern Highlands. Visit the beautiful Orkney Isles, Dunnet Head, John O’Groats, the Castle of Mey and the town of Wick amongst the many attractions. Heritage and arts centres, ancient monuments and castle ruins along with rugged cliffs, spectacular seastacks, big skies and long summer nights give Caithness a unique appeal. Mountain biking, golf, pony trekking and a variety of watersports are available, or take a stroll along one of the many beaches. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (4 cars). No smoking. NB: Sloping banks to rear of property.

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  • Doles Cottage

    Portskerra near Thurso

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5021
    Doles Cottage is a traditional detached fisherman’s cottage that has been totally refurbished internally and externally. Situated in the sleepy hamlet of Portskerra on the far north west coast of Sutherland, it enjoys lovely views across the sea to the Orkney Isles beyond. Named after the local fisherman who originally owned it, the cottage has stayed in the same family for generations, having been lovingly and painstakingly restored in recent times. The pretty cottage lounge opens out through French doors to a pretty patio with lawns beyond. The kitchen/dining room is well-presented and enjoys the same stunning views across the sea to the Orkney Isles in the distance. There are three good-sized bedrooms, a spacious bathroom and a downstairs cloakroom.

    This area is renowned for its beautiful coastline, with miles of pristine sandy beaches, and the local beach of Melvich is without doubt one of the finest. High sand dunes act as a natural backdrop to the beautiful white sandy bay. With the river on one side and Portskerra harbour on the other, it is a wonderful place to relax and a paradise for surfers, body-boarders and beach lovers alike. Even in the height of summer there will only be a handful of people enjoying this amazing location. It is also a wildlife watcher’s paradise. Whales, porpoises, dolphins, seals and otters are all seen in the area. There is also a colony of puffins at Melvich which can be seen in the spring and early summer. At Forsinard, just a few miles inland, there is an RSPB nature reserve, where local rangers will take visitors to explore the bird life, flora and fauna all close to hand. The little fishing harbour at Portskerra is ideal for launching small craft as well as fishing off the rocks and there are superb coastal walks direct from the cottage. Fishing in the nearby lochs and rivers is also a popular pastime. Reay 18-hole golf course is 10 minutes drive away.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" Freesat TV, DVD player and French doors to garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed and single divan bed (available on request - please advise when booking).
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.

    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Cottage

    Toftingall, nr. Watten

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: W42084

    Situated on a working farm

    Set on a working farm, this simply and cosily furnished property enjoys a quiet and unspoilt location in the Caithness countryside. Just a mile or so off the A9, The Cottage makes a super base for touring this lovely part of the Highlands. Caithness is popularly described as one of Europe’s last wildernesses, where you could walk, climb or mountain bike all day without meeting anyone else. Visit castles, distilleries, and miles of unspoilt and dramatic coastline where you can surf and kite buggy, or for the less energetic, just take a stroll and watch the abundance of bird and sea life. Easy access to Wick and Thurso with their variety of amenities and also to the beautiful Orkney Islands – a ferry can be taken from Scrabster, Gill’s Bay or John O’Groats. Shops, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 single bedrooms.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared courtyard. Sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Two pets welcome (working farm).

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