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Sightseeing

Situated in an extreme location, this Highland village combines dramatic, unspoilt scenery and fascinating wildlife, including a breathtaking array of birdlife on the local cliffs, as well as seals, dolphins, minke and killer whales in the surrounding waters.
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John o' Groats
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Situated in an extreme location, this Highland village combines dramatic, unspoilt scenery and fascinating wildlife, including a breathtaking array of birdlife on the local cliffs, as well as seals, dolphins, minke and killer whales in the surrounding waters.
Scrabster is a key commercial fishing harbour and one the main ports on the north coast of Scotland, along with Gills Bay and John O'Groats, which has a ferry service to the Orkney Isles. Scrabster is also a port of call for cruise ships visiting the far north and lies just off the North Coast 500, a 500-mile road trip around the Northern Highlands.
Scrabster
Scrabster is a key commercial fishing harbour and one the main ports on the north coast of Scotland, along with Gills Bay and John O'Groats, which has a ferry service to the Orkney Isles. Scrabster is also a port of call for cruise ships visiting the far north and lies just off the North Coast 500, a 500-mile road trip around the Northern Highlands.
Pentland Ferries is a privately owned, family company which has operated a ferry service between Gills Bay in Caithness, Scotland and St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay in Orkney since May 2001. The company is one of only two major vehicle ferry operators plying within Scotland which are not subsidised by the Scottish Government or funded.
Gills Bay
Pentland Ferries is a privately owned, family company which has operated a ferry service between Gills Bay in Caithness, Scotland and St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay in Orkney since May 2001. The company is one of only two major vehicle ferry operators plying within Scotland which are not subsidised by the Scottish Government or funded.
In 1952, HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother saw what was then known as Barrogill Castle while staying with Commander and Lady Doris Vyner at the House of the Northern Gate on Dunnet Head, a short distance to the west. Despite its poor condition, Her Majesty purchased the castle that year and set about renovating and restoring both the castle and its gardens and parklands, which extended to about 30 acres. She also restored the castle's original name changing Barrogill Castle back to The Castle of Mey. A visit to the Castle is not complete without a walk through the beautiful grounds including the 2 acre Walled Garden. See the garden in bloom or visit the animal centre.
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Castle & Gardens of Mey
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In 1952, HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother saw what was then known as Barrogill Castle while staying with Commander and Lady Doris Vyner at the House of the Northern Gate on Dunnet Head, a short distance to the west. Despite its poor condition, Her Majesty purchased the castle that year and set about renovating and restoring both the castle and its gardens and parklands, which extended to about 30 acres. She also restored the castle's original name changing Barrogill Castle back to The Castle of Mey. A visit to the Castle is not complete without a walk through the beautiful grounds including the 2 acre Walled Garden. See the garden in bloom or visit the animal centre.
Dunnet Head is a peninsula in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland.[1][2] Dunnet Head includes the most northerly point of both mainland Scotland and the island of Great Britain. Dunnet Head is a great place to see puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes. Other species may be seen at sea such as gannets and herring gulls. Be prepared to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a busy seabird colony!
Dunnet
Dunnet Head is a peninsula in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland.[1][2] Dunnet Head includes the most northerly point of both mainland Scotland and the island of Great Britain. Dunnet Head is a great place to see puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes. Other species may be seen at sea such as gannets and herring gulls. Be prepared to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a busy seabird colony!
The local people are known as Orcadians and have a distinctive dialect of the Scots language and a rich inheritance of folklore. Orkney contains some of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe, and the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney" is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Orkney's vibrant wildlife population owes credit to the diverse range of habitats, which span from sea cliffs and wetland to farmland, rolling moorland and more. With an impressive 13 RSPB reserves, it's no surprise that the islands are home to numerous bird species, including a vast amount of rarer migratory birds. How to get to Orkney A popular option is the 90-minute crossing operated by NorthLink Ferries between Scrabster (near Thurso) on the north coast of Scotland, and Stromness. You'll sail past the Old Man of Hoy and the UK's highest vertical sea cliffs at St John's Head before landing in Orkney's second most-populous town. Pentland Ferries offers a regular one hour catamaran crossing beween Gill’s Bay on the north coast of Scotland (close to John O’Groats) and the village of St Margaret’s Hope on the island of South Ronaldsay. This is a gateway to Orkney’s linked south isles and the east mainland of Orkney, and is less than half an hour from our main town, Kirkwall. If you’re heading straight to the main island, your journey will take in the Churchill barriers and the Italian Chapel.
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Orkney
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The local people are known as Orcadians and have a distinctive dialect of the Scots language and a rich inheritance of folklore. Orkney contains some of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe, and the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney" is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Orkney's vibrant wildlife population owes credit to the diverse range of habitats, which span from sea cliffs and wetland to farmland, rolling moorland and more. With an impressive 13 RSPB reserves, it's no surprise that the islands are home to numerous bird species, including a vast amount of rarer migratory birds. How to get to Orkney A popular option is the 90-minute crossing operated by NorthLink Ferries between Scrabster (near Thurso) on the north coast of Scotland, and Stromness. You'll sail past the Old Man of Hoy and the UK's highest vertical sea cliffs at St John's Head before landing in Orkney's second most-populous town. Pentland Ferries offers a regular one hour catamaran crossing beween Gill’s Bay on the north coast of Scotland (close to John O’Groats) and the village of St Margaret’s Hope on the island of South Ronaldsay. This is a gateway to Orkney’s linked south isles and the east mainland of Orkney, and is less than half an hour from our main town, Kirkwall. If you’re heading straight to the main island, your journey will take in the Churchill barriers and the Italian Chapel.
Duncansby Head and Stacks are located approximately 5 miles along the coast from John o' Groats and are the true most-northerly point of mainland Britain. The area is popular with visitors due to the number of seabirds that thrive in the area, with the adorable puffin frequently see nesting in the sheer cliff faces.
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Duncansby Stacks
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Duncansby Head and Stacks are located approximately 5 miles along the coast from John o' Groats and are the true most-northerly point of mainland Britain. The area is popular with visitors due to the number of seabirds that thrive in the area, with the adorable puffin frequently see nesting in the sheer cliff faces.
Located on the most northernly coast on the mainland of Scotland, Castletown in Caithness is frequently referred to as the 'Flagstone Village' reflecting its association with the quarrying and export of high quality flagstone as paving and construction material by the 18th century improver and founder of the Castlehill flagstone industry. The impact of Viking habitation, the strategic role played by RAF Castletown in the defence of Scapa Flow and the north British coastal waters during World War II, to the present day. Castletown Heritage Society seeks to bring this story to life, and in doing so preserve the unique character, history and traditions of the village of Castletown and the Parish Olrig.
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Castlehill Heritage Centre
Harbour Road
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Located on the most northernly coast on the mainland of Scotland, Castletown in Caithness is frequently referred to as the 'Flagstone Village' reflecting its association with the quarrying and export of high quality flagstone as paving and construction material by the 18th century improver and founder of the Castlehill flagstone industry. The impact of Viking habitation, the strategic role played by RAF Castletown in the defence of Scapa Flow and the north British coastal waters during World War II, to the present day. Castletown Heritage Society seeks to bring this story to life, and in doing so preserve the unique character, history and traditions of the village of Castletown and the Parish Olrig.
St Peter's and St Andrew's Church is located on Princes Street in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland. The church was built to a design of William Burn in 1830–2, a simplified version of the Church of St John the Evangelist, Edinburgh, which is also attributed to Burn.
St Peter's and St Andrew's Church, Thurso
Princes Street
St Peter's and St Andrew's Church is located on Princes Street in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland. The church was built to a design of William Burn in 1830–2, a simplified version of the Church of St John the Evangelist, Edinburgh, which is also attributed to Burn.

Food scene

Y-not Bar & Grill serves food from 8am through to 9pm 7 days a week. Sourcing local ingredients which are cooked to order with weekly specials, freshly prepared desserts and menu’s to cater all dietary requirements. They offer extensive gluten free and vegetarian options plus a full vegan menu on request.
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Y Not Bar & Grill
Meadow Lane
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Y-not Bar & Grill serves food from 8am through to 9pm 7 days a week. Sourcing local ingredients which are cooked to order with weekly specials, freshly prepared desserts and menu’s to cater all dietary requirements. They offer extensive gluten free and vegetarian options plus a full vegan menu on request.
Contemporary Dining in the 'Red Pepper Restaurant' serving a variety of freshly cooked dishes, in subtly lit and stylish relaxed surroundings. Across the a la carte menu they source as much of the ingredients from local sources as possible.
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Red Pepper
16A Princes St
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Contemporary Dining in the 'Red Pepper Restaurant' serving a variety of freshly cooked dishes, in subtly lit and stylish relaxed surroundings. Across the a la carte menu they source as much of the ingredients from local sources as possible.
The iconic American hamburger and milkshake combo makes for a memorable meal while visually feasting on the big skies and coastal scenery of Caithness--burgers made fresh with beef from our local butcher and served up with a portion of French fries and original milkshakes made from our award-winning artisan ice cream, which we make on the premises, with more than 50 flavours from which to choose. No visit to The Blue Door Coffee Shop & Diner Thurso Bay would be complete without one!
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The Blue Door Coffee Shop & Diner
18 Smith Terrace
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The iconic American hamburger and milkshake combo makes for a memorable meal while visually feasting on the big skies and coastal scenery of Caithness--burgers made fresh with beef from our local butcher and served up with a portion of French fries and original milkshakes made from our award-winning artisan ice cream, which we make on the premises, with more than 50 flavours from which to choose. No visit to The Blue Door Coffee Shop & Diner Thurso Bay would be complete without one!
Order food online in Thurso! It's so easy to use, fast and convenient. online website which contains entire takeaway menu. The Thurso Best Kebab is located in Thurso just a minute walk from the property.
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Παραλία Thurso
1-16 Pentland Cres
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Order food online in Thurso! It's so easy to use, fast and convenient. online website which contains entire takeaway menu. The Thurso Best Kebab is located in Thurso just a minute walk from the property.
The restaurant itself offers breathtaking views over the harbour and across to Mudeford Quay and has a large terrace area to enjoy, perfect for a spot of al fresco dining or drinks by the water's edge. Chef Alex's philosophy is that food should be fresh, seasonal and local and this is reflected in his dishes.
'The Upper Deck' restaurant
The restaurant itself offers breathtaking views over the harbour and across to Mudeford Quay and has a large terrace area to enjoy, perfect for a spot of al fresco dining or drinks by the water's edge. Chef Alex's philosophy is that food should be fresh, seasonal and local and this is reflected in his dishes.
Good food and price, great service and staff Just 1 minute walk from the property.
Pride of Bengal Indian Restaurant and Takeaway
53 Princes St
Good food and price, great service and staff Just 1 minute walk from the property.
This popular local eating establishment has had a few changes of ownership in recent years. The current incarnation does upbeat traditional dishes like roast meat along with some appealing fish dishes and slow-cooked meat. Burgers, sandwiches and lighter meals are available at lunch.
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Bydand
2 Traill St
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This popular local eating establishment has had a few changes of ownership in recent years. The current incarnation does upbeat traditional dishes like roast meat along with some appealing fish dishes and slow-cooked meat. Burgers, sandwiches and lighter meals are available at lunch.
Local bakery with a great selection, just a 3 minute walk from property, the main bakery where all the food is made is just a minute walk from the property and has a small shop there that opens at 6:30am.
Johnstons Of Thurso
9 Traill St
Local bakery with a great selection, just a 3 minute walk from property, the main bakery where all the food is made is just a minute walk from the property and has a small shop there that opens at 6:30am.
Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 12pm Saturdays from 1pm Choose as much or as little as you want. Pop in for a drink, a glass of wine ? Or a bottle ! Experience our Sangria, Caithness Fruits infused gin and tonics, plus a wide selection of malt. This is a popular local restaurant with amazing food
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Capilla Tapas Restaurant
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Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 12pm Saturdays from 1pm Choose as much or as little as you want. Pop in for a drink, a glass of wine ? Or a bottle ! Experience our Sangria, Caithness Fruits infused gin and tonics, plus a wide selection of malt. This is a popular local restaurant with amazing food
Local Indian Restaurant & Takeaway in Princes Street, Thurso
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Spice Tandoori
18 Princes St
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Local Indian Restaurant & Takeaway in Princes Street, Thurso
Local fish & chip shop that is just a 5 minute walk from property
Robins
15A Princes Street
Local fish & chip shop that is just a 5 minute walk from property
Pentland Hotel
Princes Street
Really good food
Station Hotel
54 Princes St
Really good food

Neighbourhoods

The most northerly town in mainland Scotland, Thurso is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Other great 'must-sees' are the circular wellhouse of Meadow Well, a fine public library and the impressive Janet Street overlooking the River Thurso close to Thurso Bridge, which is 2 minutes walk from Sinclair Street and property.
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Thurso
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The most northerly town in mainland Scotland, Thurso is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Other great 'must-sees' are the circular wellhouse of Meadow Well, a fine public library and the impressive Janet Street overlooking the River Thurso close to Thurso Bridge, which is 2 minutes walk from Sinclair Street and property.
A small village 5 miles east of Thurso, near Scotland's far north coast; once famous for it's flagstones. Castlehill flagstones found use in places as far afield as South America and Australia. Castletown lies a short distance inland from the southern corner of Dunnet Bay, five miles east of Thurso. Dunnet Bay faces north west and is protected to the north by the bulk of Dunnet Head. The bay's south eastern side is bounded by a beautiful two mile long beach backed by high dunes. The southern end of the beach expires at the mouth of a stream, once used to power the huge, but now ruinous, Castletown Mill.
Castletown
A small village 5 miles east of Thurso, near Scotland's far north coast; once famous for it's flagstones. Castlehill flagstones found use in places as far afield as South America and Australia. Castletown lies a short distance inland from the southern corner of Dunnet Bay, five miles east of Thurso. Dunnet Bay faces north west and is protected to the north by the bulk of Dunnet Head. The bay's south eastern side is bounded by a beautiful two mile long beach backed by high dunes. The southern end of the beach expires at the mouth of a stream, once used to power the huge, but now ruinous, Castletown Mill.
Halkirk is a village on the River Thurso in Caithness, in the Highland council area of Scotland. From Halkirk the B874 road runs towards Thurso in the north and towards Georgemas in the east. The village is within the parish of Halkirk, and is said by locals to be Scotland's first planned village Halkirk Fishing Halkirk lies to the south of Thurso in northern Caithness, just about as far north as you can get on the Scottish mainland, and is an excellent centre from which the trout fisherman can explore the superb loch fishing of Caithness, on famous trout lochs like Watten, Calder, Heilen and St John's. Trout fly fishing at its very best.
Halkirk
Halkirk is a village on the River Thurso in Caithness, in the Highland council area of Scotland. From Halkirk the B874 road runs towards Thurso in the north and towards Georgemas in the east. The village is within the parish of Halkirk, and is said by locals to be Scotland's first planned village Halkirk Fishing Halkirk lies to the south of Thurso in northern Caithness, just about as far north as you can get on the Scottish mainland, and is an excellent centre from which the trout fisherman can explore the superb loch fishing of Caithness, on famous trout lochs like Watten, Calder, Heilen and St John's. Trout fly fishing at its very best.
Watten (Scottish Gaelic: Bhatan) is a small village in Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland, on the main road (A882-A9) between the burgh of Wick and the town of Thurso,[1] about twelve kilometres (eight miles) west of Wick and close to Wick River and to Loch Watten. The village is on The Far North railway line but trains stopped calling at the village in 1960. The railway station is now a private house.
Watten
Watten (Scottish Gaelic: Bhatan) is a small village in Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland, on the main road (A882-A9) between the burgh of Wick and the town of Thurso,[1] about twelve kilometres (eight miles) west of Wick and close to Wick River and to Loch Watten. The village is on The Far North railway line but trains stopped calling at the village in 1960. The railway station is now a private house.

Shops

Your local stop for some of the county’s best drinks selections! Whisky, Wine, Gin, Beer & A WHOLE LOT MORE! Just a minute walk from the property
Bin Ends
42 Princes St
Your local stop for some of the county’s best drinks selections! Whisky, Wine, Gin, Beer & A WHOLE LOT MORE! Just a minute walk from the property
The co-op is just a 5 minute walk from the property
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Co-op Food - Thurso
Meadow Lane
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The co-op is just a 5 minute walk from the property
Tesco is less than a 10 minute walk from the property.
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Tesco Superstore
Millbank Road
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Tesco is less than a 10 minute walk from the property.
Lidl is a 15 minute walk from property or a short drive
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Lidl
South Road
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Lidl is a 15 minute walk from property or a short drive
Beautiful gifts and unique jewellery at reasonable prices, love this shops and have a few collections
Aurora Jewellery - Thurso
5 Rotterdam St
Beautiful gifts and unique jewellery at reasonable prices, love this shops and have a few collections