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
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.
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
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
The Sheiling B&B
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.
Tel: 01847 895653
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
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.
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.
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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