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Holiday in Caithness - visit the northernmost coast of Scotland.

Self-catering cottages in Caithness and Highlands sleeping 2 - 9

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Large holiday homes in Highlands of Scotland sleeping
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Rugged coastline, open peat lands, historical ruins and an ancient heritage make Caithness a perfect place for a self catering holiday. The most northerly county of Scotland, Caithness extends around 30 miles of coast, stretching from Dunnet Head in the north to the Ord of Caithness in the south. Large towns, harbour communities, remote villages and stand-alone farm buildings characterise the sweeping landscape. Explore the archaeological sites that draw crowds of tourists year on year, many renting a holiday cottage in Caithness.

From town houses to bothys, Caithness self catering accommodation comes in a variety of forms. Backpackers can enjoy the convenience and price of several bunk houses and hostels. For a more comfortable stay try renting a property in one of the local towns such as Thurso or Wick. A manse and round house are available to hire and offer a quirky alternative to a cottage. Chalets, crofts and farmhouses are a great choice for those looking to stay in the quieter areas of Caithness. The climate is directly affected by exposure to the coast and weather is prone to changing rapidly throughout the day so be sure to wrap up warm and remember waterproof clothing. The best time to visit is in the warm, breezy months of July and August, when travellers can enjoy bright sunshine.

John O'Groats is an iconic town in Scotland because it is the highest mainland point within the UK and many tourists look for vacation rentals near John O'Groats. The Last House Museum is a celebration of its grographical location and exhibits artefacts from life in this isolated area. Holborn Head Lighthouse is a great attraction for families and those looking for a unique panorama. Delve into the Seadrift Centre in Dunnet and investigate the records at Castletown�s Heritage Centre.

Known once as the Herring Capital of the World, Wick is the largest town in Caithness and a royal burgh. Thurso is a close second in size and has great amenities if you are renting self-catering accommodation in Thurso. Wick Harbour still plays an active commercial role with links across the North Sea to Scandinavian ports. Travellers to Wick can browse the local shops and markets or sail out of the marina on a diving, angling or bird watching vessel. On dry land, settle down in front of the open fireplace in the Crown Bar or Ebenezer�s in the centre of town - traditional pubs where you can sample local life whilst renting a Wick holiday cottage. Sip a pint of Real Mackay at the Old Smiddy Inn in Thrumster, located 4 miles from Wick.

The natural beauty of Caithness can be found all around. Moorland and scattered settlements including Watten, Sibster, Reay, Halkirk and Berriedale can be reached by car on a rough gravelled track. The people of these small areas are very hospitable and welcome visitors with warm smiles and tales of old. Caithness is also abundant with wildlife; particularly marine and bird life. Forsinard Nature Reserve is a great way to get closer to these creatures and experts are on hand to show examples of rare birds such as the Spoonbill and Lesser Scaup. Watch the waves for seals popping up to the surface; otters frequent the small flowing burns throughout the countryside. Follow the Forsinain Trail, one of the county�s popular hiking routes, or join the friendly members of the Caithness Field Club on their weekly meet-up. For first time hikers choose a less strenuous guided tour around the nature reserve with a Ranger.

Whatever you want to see or do on your self-catering holiday in Caithness you will find plenty to occupy you in this stunning northernmost part of Scotland.

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