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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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  • Castletown, near Thurso, Highlands
    Castletown, near Thurso, Highlands×

    Gladstone Cottage

    Castletown, near Thurso, Highlands

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    Ref: W41543
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Situated 800 yards to a sandy beach with many attractions and amenities within easy reach. Ideal for surfing, fishing and golf. Situated 800 yards to a sandy beach with many attractions and amenities within easy reach. Ideal for surfing, fishing and golf.
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    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,...

  • Portskerra, near Thurso, Highlands
    Portskerra, near Thurso, Highlands×

    Four Winds

    Portskerra, near Thurso, Highlands

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    Ref: W41822
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Open Fire
    This cosy detached holiday cottage enjoys wonderful views along the coast towards Dunnet Head and across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isles. This cosy detached holiday cottage enjoys wonderful views along the coast towards Dunnet Head and across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isles.
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    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...

  • Reay, near Thurso, Highlands
    Reay, near Thurso, Highlands×

    The Knowes

    Reay, near Thurso, Highlands

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    Ref: UK5422
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This lovely property in the northern Highlands is perfect for nature lovers with the coast and plenty of walking opportunities nearby.
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    The Knowes is a delightful, semi-detached, stone cottage, which has been thoughtfully furnished by the owners who live next door, to offer the perfect home from home. The property is situated in the quiet village of Reay, on the spectacular north coast of Scotland, and is also on the designated and scenic North Coast 500 route. The cottage has a number of themed murals adorning the walls and ceiling which enhance its charm and ambience. The pretty living room, known as the Orchid Room, has...
  • Scarfskerry near Castletown, Highlands
    Scarfskerry near Castletown, Highlands×

    Larachan

    Scarfskerry near Castletown, Highlands

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    Ref: CC511398
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Rural Location
    With direct access to a private beach, this single storey cottage is just perfect for families, friends or couples to holiday together.
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    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...
  • Thurso, Highlands
    Thurso, Highlands×

    Riverbank House

    Thurso, Highlands

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    Ref: W42653
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Quietly situated and providing a super base for exploring, this detached single-storey property is within easy access to many attractions. Quietly situated and providing a super base for exploring, this detached single-storey property is within easy access to many attractions.
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    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...

  • Keiss, near Wick, Highlands
    Keiss, near Wick, Highlands×

    Sea View Apartment

    Keiss, near Wick, Highlands

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    Ref: UK5494
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    Couples will love the aptly named Sea View Apartment situated on the A99 giving easy access to the Northern Highlands and coast.
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    Sea View Apartment is a bright and spacious first floor apartment occupying the top floor of a large traditional stone property, in the pretty seaside village of Keiss. The apartment is very attractively presented throughout and provides a very good standard of accommodation for up to six guests. The large living room has a deep leather sofa and looks out to the sea beyond. There are three good-sized bedrooms (one en-suite) as well as a family-sized bathroom. The kitchen with dining table...
  • Toftingall, near Watten, Highlands
    Toftingall, near Watten, Highlands×

    The Cottage

    Toftingall, near Watten, Highlands

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    Ref: W42084
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Nestling in a quiet and unspoilt location, this cosily furnished property is within easy access to fantastic attractions. Nestling in a quiet and unspoilt location, this cosily furnished property is within easy access to fantastic attractions.
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    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...

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