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Kinross Holiday Cottage in the village of Halkirk is perfectly positioned to take advantage of all that Caithness has to offer, being centrally positioned between Thurso (7 miles), Wick (17 miles), Dunnet Head (12 miles, which is the most northerly point on mainland Britain) and John O'Groats (21 miles). Halkirk has two hotels, one small supermarket, post office, Indian restaurant, hairdresser and there are two horse riding centres close by within 2 miles. The Thurso river is renowned for its salmon and trout fishing and can be accessed from Halkirk within 0.5 miles of the cottage. One of the largest lochs in the county is situated some 5 miles from Halkirk and is a great place to fish for trout.

There are acres of wilderness, mountains, cliffs and beaches. Halkirk is the ideal base for walkers, climbers, outdoor enthusiasts, cyclists, surfers, birdwatchers, botanists, as it is centrally placed within the county. Even if you simply wish to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Caithness and the surrounding area has many sites of historical interest including brochs, cairns, hut circles, harbours, bridges, buildings just to name a few.

Thurso is the nearest of the two main towns (7 miles) and boasts many shops, restaurants, garages, a swimming pool as well as a harbour and beach with good surfing and with views of Orkney. Visit the Caithness Horizons Visitors' centre that combines the centuries-old history of the region with the more recent history of the nuclear power industry pioneers. Thurso has a golf course which is open to visitors.

Wick (17 miles) was originally a Viking settlement and in the mid 19th century was the busiest herring port in Europe. Three miles north of Wick are the ruins of the 15th and 17th century castles of Sinclair and Girnigoe. There is a good cliff top walk to the castles via the Noss Head lighthouse from the tiny fishing village of Staxigoe. There is a distillery at Wick which produces Old Pultney malt whisky and is open to visitors. Wick also has a golf course which is open to visitors.

Dunnet Head is close by, at 12 miles, and is at the most northerly point of the UK mainland. It is great for walking, fishing, horse riding, wildlife and bird watching. You can take guided walks with the RSPB or the Ranger Service, visit nearby Mary Ann's Cottage or take a wildlife tour from John O'Groats. The WWII military installations on Dunnet Head are a source of fascination for many visitors. Dunnet Forest and three miles of golden beach at Dunnet Bay offer great opportunities for recreation such as walking, bird watching or just relaxing not to mention the surfing. The views to Orkney are magnificent, and day trips to the islands are available.

Just less than 2 miles from Dunnet is the beautiful Castle of Mey, formerly home to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and now owned by Prince Charles, who is a regular visitor around August. The castle has been lovingly restored and is a 5 star visitor attraction with wonderful gardens and an animal centre. Forsinard RSPB reserve at the centre of The Flow Country is another visitor attraction far away from the crowds. This amazing wild landscape consists of over 11,000 acres of blanket bog and lochans and is a place of sanctuary for many birds and plants.

  • Sleeps - 4/6
  • Bedrooms - 2 (1 double, 1 twin, 1 sofa bed in the sitting room)
  • Bathrooms - 1 wet room
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave
  • TV/Video/DVD/freeview receiver
  • TV and freeview receiver in double bedroom
  • Radio and CD player in kitchen
  • Garden with garden furniture
  • Spacious driveway
  • Sorry no pets
  • Short breaks by arrangement
  • Thurso station - 7 miles
  • Wick Airport - 17 miles
  • 2 hotels plus Indian restaurant in village
  • Many hotels and restaurants in Thurso and Wick
  • Golf courses in Thurso (7 miles), Reay (16 miles), Wick (17 miles), Royal Dornoch (60 miles)
  • Salmon and trout fishing on river Thurso
  • Game shooting in season
  • Sea fishing
  • Surfing
  • Sailing and canoeing
  • Swimming pools in Thurso (7 miles) and Wick (17 miles)
  • Bird watching throughout the county
  • Hillwalking - Munros and Corbetts

The property is well presented and has recently been totally refurbished with laminate flooring throughout the sitting room, kitchen and hall. There are two bedrooms, one double and one twin. Both bedrooms have fitted carpets and the double has a TV and Freeview receiver.

There is additional sleeping space on the comfortable double sofa bed in the sitting room so the property can easily accommodate 6 adults. The modern kitchen has everything that you will need on your self-catering holiday - and there is also a radio and CD player in there too.

The property sits in its own grounds with a spacious driveway and well kept garden.

Travelling by road from the south, simply continue on the A9 north passing though Inverness, Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale, Dunbeath, Latheron at which there is a left turn but remains the A9. Continue for 18 miles and crossing the railway line at Georgmas Junction take the road left towards Thurso still on the A9. Within half a mile turn left on to the B874 towards Halkirk, which can be seen at the bottom of the hill in front of you. As you approach the village take the first right turn beside the cemetery and Linden House is the third house on the left. This is where you will be greeted and be able to obtain the key. Kinross Holiday Cottage is to the rear of this property and has its own access drive.

If you are arriving from Aberdeen then take the A96 to Inverness and follow the above instructions.

If you are travelling from Wick airport take the road into the town and pass through over the bridge, round the mini roundabout, the only one, to the traffic lights, and turn right onto the A822 to Thurso. In some 15 miles turn left onto the B874 to Halkirk and follow the previous instructions.

If you are travelling by road from further south head to Inverness on the A9 from Edinburgh or if you are taking your time try travelling up the Great Glen from Fort William on the A82 stopping off at Fort Augustus and then on through Invermoriston, Urqhart Castle and Drumnadrochit. Don't forget to look out for Nessie on your way! Once at Inverness follow the directions above.

What's included:
Heating is included in the price and bed linen and towels are provided.
There is a welcome pack of tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, cereal and milk.
There is a selection of board games and an extensive DVD library.

Cost and availability.
Kinross Holiday Cottage is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is Saturday, depart by 1000 and arrive by 1400. Alternative arrangements can be accommodated depending on turn around.
Short breaks may be possible depending on circumstances, please enquire at the time.
There is a graded pricing structure based on per person per period, although the cottage can sleep six the charge reflects the number staying.

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