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Thurso waves

Mainland Britain's most northerly town and a mecca for surfers, Thurso nestles on the far north east coast and is one of the main departure points for ferries to the Orkney Isles. Well equipped with a good choice of shops, inns, holiday cottages and amenities, Thurso makes a great base from which to explore the wild Caithness coast offering spectacular coastal walking and wildlife watching.

It's no secret that the Thurso coastline is one of Britain's top spots, and indeed a world best, for surfing, with the swell here rolling in mighty barrelling waves from the Pentland Firth towards Dunnet Bay which is flanked by sand dunes. Hire surfing equipment and get all the local surf information you need at the Tempest Surf Shop in Thurso with on-site cafe.

For magnificent views of the Orkneys and the Old Man of Hoy, head out to Dunnet Head where you'll find a friendly tearoom. Heritage attractions in the area include the Queen Mother's former 16th Century castle home, Castle of Mey.  The most northerly castle in Britain, Castle of Mey is open for tours, complete with quirky souvenir collection offering a fascinating insight into the Queen Mother's sense of humour!

Best salmon fishing also features on the local Thurso River which cuts through the heart of the Caithness countryside. A selection of idyllic rural holidays cottages around Thurso make the ideal base for exploring the area. Car ferry services to Stromness in West Orkney run from Scrabster around a mile to the west of Thurso, with a cross time of around one and a half hours. Book Thurso accommodation online now.

Accommodation in Thurso

  • Halkirk   (5.9 miles from the centre of Thurso)
    Sleeps 5
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    £263
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    This semi-detached cottage is situated close to the Highlands village of Halkirk and sleeps four people in two bedrooms.
     
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  • Melvich   (16.4 miles from the centre of Thurso)
    Sleeps 6
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    £319
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
     
    This detached, stone-built cottage sits in a hillside location, on a working sheep farm, close to the village of Melvich, and can sleep six people in three bedrooms.
     
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  • Halkirk   (5.9 miles from the centre of Thurso)
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    Sleeping up to five people in two bedrooms, this single storey semi-detached cottage is in the village of Halkirk, 6 miles from Thurso.
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