Our Local Area
Attractions and the Wider Highlands including the North Coast 500
Thurso is the commercial heart of Caithness and the centre for many resources including outdoor activities such as surfing and kayaking with several restaurants, bars and tourism destinations. A prerequisite for most people visiting the area is a trip to John o’Groats where you can have your photograph taken against a landmark to prove your visit, or simply browse the numerous local craft and souvenir shops for mementos. Wildlife boat trips are also available.
A few miles up the coast you will find the late Queen Mother’s Caithness residence – the Castle of Mey (above/right), where she and her family spent time relaxing. The Castle gardens are open to the public during the summer and are worth a visit.
If you want to travel further afield then there are many gems littered around Caithness, from the historic past to the technological future, from nature and activities to shopping and relaxation. You should be able to find something to suit.
You can even leave the mainland behind completely! Take one of the day trips to the Orkney Islands, with regular ferries leaving from nearby Gills harbour and the Scrabster terminal.
There is much wildlife and even seals, whales and dolphins off-shore to spot. For the bird watching enthusiasts there is much to see in the area with puffins at the coast.
Finally, whatever you have found to do during the day, you can return to the Hotel knowing you’re in for a hearty meal, and can then relax with a few drinks in front of an open fire – what could be better?