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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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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Four Winds Ref: W41822

Beautiful sea views

This cosy detached holiday cottage enjoys wonderful views along the coast towards Dunnet Head and across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isles. 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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£235-£533
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Riverbank House 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. Shower room.

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

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NOW
£282-£696
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Bairlinnean Ref: S4525

Spectacularly located overlooking the turbulent waters of Pentland Firth, and just 20 yards from a lovely sandy beach, this very comfortable fishermen’s cottage offers a cosy holiday base from which to explore the far north and Orkney. The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife and perfect for bird watching, fishing and surfing. Served by a rail link (cycle hire is also available), Thurso is Britain’s most northerly town whose seaward views are dominated by the cliffs of Dunnet Head and the Old Man of Hoy – its harbour offers a gateway to Orkney. The Castle of Mey is 8 miles. John-O-Groats 20 miles. Shops, pubs, restaurants and fishing tackle hire are in walking distanceSpectacularly located overlooking the turbulent waters of Pentland Firth, and just 20 yards from a lovely sandy beach, these very comfortable fishermen’s cottages offer a cosy holiday base from which to explore the far north and Orkney. The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife and perfect for bird watching, fishing and surfing. Served by a rail link (cycle hire is also available), Thurso is Britain’s most northerly town whose seaward views are dominated by the cliffs of Dunnet Head and the Old Man of Hoy – its harbour offers a gateway to Orkney. The Castle of Mey is 8 miles. John-O-Groats 20 miles. Shops, pubs, restaurants and fishing tackle hire are in walking distance

Ground floor: Living/dining area with patio doors. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 6ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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£286-£585
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Gladstone Cottage 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 shower cubicle. 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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£208-£464
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Birdsong Ref: SRRI

Situated near a working farm on the edge of the lovely town of Thurso, this beautifully presented, single-storey, detached holiday cottage is furnished and equipped to a very good standard to ensure a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Visit the beautiful Orkney Islands, Dunnet Head, John O’Groats - the most northerly point of mainland Britain, the Castle of Mey and the bustling town of Wick. There is easy access to 1½ miles of the River Thurso where salmon and trout fishing can be arranged through the local bookshop. Shop 1½ miles, pub 2 miles.

Large living/dining room with multi-fuel burner and well-equipped kitchen area. Utility. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet; one with 6ft bed. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Wet room with toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner - fuel included
  • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Four TVs
  • Four DVDs
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£388-£946
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
The Cottage 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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£174-£516
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