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Caithness - Thurso

Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland. It is the northernmost town on the British mainland. At the 2001 Census, Thurso had a population of about 9,000.
The name comes from Old Norse Thjórsá, meaning "Bull's River". Historically, it is one of two burghs within the county of Caithness. It lies at the junction of the north-south A9 road and the west-east A836 road, connected to Bridge of Forss in the west and Castletown in the east.
Thurso's history stretches back to at least the era of Norse Orcadian rule in Caithness, which ended conclusively in 1266. The town was an important Norse port, and has a later history of trade with ports throughout northern Europe until the 19th century. In 1330 Scotland's standard unit of weight was brought in line with that of Thurso at the decree of King David II of Scotland, a measure of the town's economic importance. Old St Peter's Kirk is said to date from circa 1220 and the time of Caithness Bishop Gilbert Murray, who died in 1245. Much of the town, however, is a planned 19th-century development. A major expansion occurred in the mid-20th century when the Dounreay nuclear power plant was established at Dounreay, 9 miles (14 km) to the west of the town.

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Ocean View Holiday Cottage

Tel: 01847 851874

 Ocean View is a lovingly restored, detached  traditional croft cottage on a working croft peacefully situated near Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain. 

Comfortable, homely accommodation for up to 6 people with spectacular views of Dunnet Head, the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Isles.

Charming period features such as pine panelling, wooden floors, wooden window shutters and peat burning stoves all of which make for a unique Highland holiday experience.

Fully equipped with all modern conveniences. Cosy living room, dining kitchen, bath/shower room, 1 double and 1 twin bedded room. Large renovated steading with Caithness flagstone floor, peat burning stove, sitting area and 2 single beds. Utility room housing washing machine, freezer, Belfast sink, extra toilet and indoor drying area, plus storage space for bikes, surf gear etc. Off street parking. Large sheltered garden with drying area, garden chairs and table perfect for sitting/ eating out and enjoying the amazing views.

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The Sheiling B&B

Tel: 01641 531256 / 07484 701 200

This Melvich based Bed and Breakfast is at the very top of Scotland’s mainland with stunning views over the Melvich Bay.  The rooms are all spacious and we’ll do everything we can to make your stay comfortable with bedrooms with ensuite or private facilities.  All our residents can use – the garden, even the outdoor Hot Tub / Whirlpool with sea view – the shared lounge with the large TV  and dining (breakfast room) at any time. We provide free secure lock up storage for your Bikes at the Garage and we have an electric vehicle charging station in the village 600 mtrs away.

The Bed and Breakfast Cottage is ideally situated for travelers on the NC 500 (direct on the route) and other visitors to enjoy the coastal walks, surfing, fishing or just to sit on the beautiful beach watching the sea.  Strathy Point is within a few minutes drive and is a well known spot for visitors to see whales or dolphins. The Orkney Isles are just across the Pentland Firth and is famous for houses and dwellings at Skara Brae that are over 5,000 years old (older than the Pyramids!). The daily car ferry to Orkney from Scrabster Harbour is approximately 20 minutes drive away.

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Pentland Firth Cottages

Tel: 01847 895653

Two delightful Fishermen's Cottages in Thurso, Caithness.

Bairlinnean & Cladach comprise two adjacent self catering fishermen’s cottages located in Thurso, the most northerly town in the North of Scotland. Both cottages have enclosed gardens to the rear with uninterrupted sea views to the Pentland Firth & Orkney Islands.

Whilst Bairlinnean is designed to comfortably accommodate four adults, Cladach is designed to accommodate two adults and two children, having twin single beds in the guest bedroom.

Each holiday let comprises a kitchen, dining room, living room (ground floor) and two double bedrooms, bathroom/shower (first floor). Both holiday cottages are fully furnished to a high standard. Free Wifi included.

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Millbank Mews Holiday Letting

Tel: 01847 891118

This superb spacious 3 storey town house is situated in a quiet location overlooking the beautiful River Thurso with wonderful views across the park.

This charming market town offers a swimming pool, boating lake, cinema, quad biking, sailing, ten pin bowling and a wide variety of pubs and restaurants.

The area is well known for its beautiful, unspoilt sandy beaches; the renowned surfing beach at Thurso East, just 10 miles away, is host to the world championship surfing competition.

There are many excellent golf courses in the area, and game and sea fishing are readily available.

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Dunnet Head B&B and Self Catering

Tel: 01847 851774

Whether you want to rent a cottage, stay with us as bed and breakfast guests at the old post office or camp at one of the most scenic campsites in Scotland, we can cater for all tastes. We welcome groups of walkers and cyclists and can offer drying facilities, cycle storage and cycle hire.

Self Catering Cottage - Two double bedrooms, kitchen, lounge and access to the garden overlooking the Pentland Firth, rock stacks, and seal colony. Fully equipped with linen, crockery and cutlery, washing machine, oven, hob, microwave and TV.

Bed and Breakfast - We can also offer bed and breakfast. Ensuite facilities in two double rooms, and also have a twin room with superb views over the Pentland Firth, rock stacks and resident seal colony. The twin room has a shower and wash basin in the room and WC facilities in a private lobby adjacent to the room. All rooms have TV, tea and coffee making facilities and information packs on things to see and do in the area.

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