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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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  • The Cottage

    Toftingall, nr. Watten

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    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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