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Windhaven, Thurso, Caithness


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Dunnet Head is at the most northerly point of the UK mainland. It is great for walking, fishing, horse riding, wildlife and bird watching. Self guided walking routes are available in the cottage and fishing permits can be organised for the Dunnet Head and St John's lochs. You can take guided walks with the RSPB or the Ranger Service, visit nearby Mary Ann's Cottage and the Castle of Mey or take a wildlife tour from John o' Groats. The WWII military installations on Dunnet Head are a source of fascination for many visitors, and there is a guide book and DVD available to help you decide exactly what you would like to do and see.

Dunnet Forest and three miles of golden beach at Dunnet Bay offer great opportunities for recreation - walking, bird watching or just relaxing. If you have a kayak or small boat you can use the slipway in Brough Bay, below the property, which is also a lovely spot to barbecue on the beach. The views to Orkney are magnificent, and day trips to the islands can be arranged. Dunnet Head has been described as "Caithness in miniature" with points of archaeological, geographical, historical and geological interest, as well as a great place for outdoor activities. It offers a superb setting for relaxing and getting away from the stresses and strains of life.

There are good restaurants nearby; also a mini-mart and petrol station in Castletown (5 miles), with shops and restaurants in Wick (20 miles) and Thurso (12 miles).

You can fly to Inverness or Wick and hire a car. Driving time from Inverness is about 2.5 hours with magnificent scenery and pretty villages along the coast. Alternatively, you can take the bus or train and use local transport. There is a wonderful guide book titled "10 tours of Caithness and North Sutherland by public transport" which will help orientate you if you decide not to travel by car. However you decide to reach this Caithness cottage you will be bound to have a wonderful holiday here!

  • Sleeps - 4
  • Bedrooms - 2 doubles
  • Bathrooms - 2 ensuites
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave
  • Real fire
  • TV/video/DVD/stereo
  • Library of books to read
  • Garden with bench, ideal for watching the resident seal colony
  • Cycle storage
  • 2 mountain bikes available for guests to use
  • Cot available
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Long lets by arrangement
  • Thurso - 12 miles
  • Wick Airport - 20 miles
  • Stations - Thurso 12 miles, Wick 20 miles
  • Pubs and restaurants - 3 miles
  • Golf courses - Thurso (12 miles), Wick (20 miles), Reay (21 miles)
  • Wildlife watching cruise to Orkney - John o Groats (10 miles) June to Sept
  • Wildlife cruise (RIB) - John o Groats (10 miles)
  • Paintballing - Wicky
  • Horse Riding - Halkirk (16 miles)
  • Archery - Latheron (20 miles) - booking only
  • Swimming pools - Thurso (12 miles), Wick (20 miles)
  • Castle of Mey
  • Dunnet Head

Windhaven is a cosy renovated croft on Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the UK mainland. At various times the annexe has been the local shop, inn, post office, telephone exchange, cafe and tourist information centre!

There are two ensuite double bedrooms (quite a luxury in a holiday cottage), a relaxing sitting room with a real fire and kitchen which has all you need to cook up gourmet meals (though there are excellent places to eat out if you prefer not to cook on your self-catering holiday). The property overlooks Brough Bay and rock stacks where there is a resident seal colony.

This lovely Caithness holiday cottage is fully equipped with linen, towels (not beach towels) and crockery. There is a library of books to read while relaxing in the comfortable sitting room. The garden and seat by the seal viewing point provide great places to sit and enjoy the magnificent views. This is a very comfortable cottage to stay in and seal-watching can provide hours of enjoyment and entertainment! You are likely to see whales too whilst staying here and that makes for wonderful holiday memories and brings visitors back year after year.

Long lets by arrangement.

By road - if you are coming from the south, turn right at the first set of traffic lights in Thurso on to the John o Groats road which is the A836. Follow the road to Dunnet, pass the hotel on the left, and turn left, onto the B855, towards Dunnet Head viewpoint. After about 50 yards you will cross a little bridge. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT ON. Follow the road to the right until you reach the village of Brough. Turn left towards Dunnet Head. Windhaven is on the right about 300 yards further on. Please note that there is no longer a red telephone box outside the property although it is marked on maps.

What's included:
Heating is included. Bed linen and towels (not beach towels) are provided.

Cost and availability.
Windhaven is rented out from Easter until October. Change over day is Saturday, check out by 10am and check in after 4pm.
Short breaks available.
Discounts for lets of more than 2 weeks.
Long lets by arrangement.

To book this former croft overlooking Brough Bay - an idyllic selfcatering cottage in Caithness, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.

Windhaven, Brough, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8YE Scotland

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