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Holiday Cottage With Magnificent Views Across The Pentland Firth To The Orkneys

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage in Scrabster,Thurso,Scotland-Peaceful Location Yet Close To Town And Beaches

The Bothy is a unique holiday cottage in a spectacular location at the very end of mainland Britain. Perched on Holbornhead above the fishing and ferry port of Scrabster the Bothy offers views north across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney islands and east to Dunnett Head the most northerly point in Britain. holiday home. The Bothy is set on a 1000 acre organic sheep farm with extraordinary cliffs, gloups (blow holes) and stacks on the north coast and steeply sloping braes running down to the east. Wildlife abounds on the farm and the cliffs and stacks offer nesting sites for thousands of sea birds.

Ebe Bonner
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2017


Car: necessary


Miles of sand are on offer. Thurso beach, a 5 minute drive away, may be small but it has a famous swell and hosts surfing championships. Dunnet has a vast expanse of sand backed by enormous dunes and Sinclair’s Bay on the east coast also seems to go on forever. The shell beach near John O’Groats is your best bet for finding the elusive cowrie shells once used as local currency and at the hidden gem Murkle you will find seals, mussels, tank traps and a brilliant blue bay.


Inverness Airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the property and cars can be hired from the Airport. Alternatively, the sleeper train from London to Inverness offers an overnight service, again with car hire available at Inverness station, or onward trains to Thurso.


Thurso is just a mile from Holbornhead at the end of the bay at the mouth of the river Thurso. The thriving fishing port of Scrabster nestles at the bottom of the braes below Holbornhead. Scrabster is also the main ferry port for the Orkney islands with two sailings a day from the impressive new ferry terminal.

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Thurso offers all the shops and services you could need from supermarkets and bakeries to restaurants and fishing shops. The thriving fishing port of Scrabster nestles at the bottom of the braes below Holbornhead. Scrabster is also the main ferry port for the Orkney islands with two sailings a day from the impressive new ferry terminal. Scrabster has two restaurants and a pub, but you might prefer to catch your own fish on one of the sea angling boats operating from the harbour, or buy your dinner from a commercial boat. The walking and wildlife in the area is superb with puffins visiting Dunnett Head from May to July, and a seal colony in Brough Bay. Our own farm at Holbornhead is a popular walk with its vast cliffs dropping into the Pentland Firth punctured by blow holes, known locally as gloups, and the spectacular sheer-sided stack called the Clett Rock.

Caithness has some of the best trout, salmon and sea fishing in Britain. There are dozens of lochs packed with wild brown trout available to fish. Salmon run the rivers of the north coast and the Wick which runs in from the east. The Thurso is the most famous Caithness salmon river and produces consistent annual catches. You can walk down from the bothy to Scrabster lighthouse and catch a mackerel for your breakfast, catch bass from Thurso beach or even fish for shark – the British record porbeagle was caught just off Dunnet Head. There are always charter boats operating from Scrabster harbour.

The history of Caithness is written across its landscape. You do not have to leave the farm to see the outline of the Viking fort on the very end of Holbornhead a short walk from the Bothy, the remains of the World War Two military posts placed on top of Holborn Hill to watch the Pentland Firth and the disused quarry which once supplied slate to all corners of the world.


Caithness Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Family bathroom on 1st Floor with Bath, shower over bath, WC and Basin Ground floor shower room with shower and toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: On the 1st Floor are Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds, and Bedroom 3 with a single bed and room for a travel cot. On the Ground Floor is Bedroom 4 with twin beds.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • surfing
Notes on accommodation: Dogs accepted by prior agreement only, as the property is on a sheep farm! Outside: Ample parking outside the property Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and the property will be clean upon your arrival. We do expect you to leave the property as you find it; if it is not, the appropriate sums to cover cleaning charges or damages will be deducted from your deposit. Other: Large porch for storage of surf boards, bikes etc. Sun room with panoramic views of the coast.


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Holiday Cottage With Magnificent Views Across The Pentland Firth To The Orkneys
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Spectacular location and views, interior needs updating

  • 4 of 5

The Bothy is the most beautifully located place I've ever stayed--it's on a seaside cliff with nothing else around. There are spectacular views of Dunnet Head and the Orkneys, and a lovely walking path along the cliffs, accompanied by sheep and sea birds. The interior of the house is spacious but could use a renovation, however; it is worn and a little grubby (nice new kitchen though). We were happy to deal with the slight grubbiness to have the truly stunning location and views of this cottage.

The owner had mistakenly double-booked the house, and we had an awkward and unfortunate exchange at our arrival, as another family was in the house. As we had booked 6 weeks prior to them, they very kindly and graciously vacated. (Had they not been exceptionally generous in vacating it would have been unpleasant, as the property manager could not reach the owner until the next day.) The owner eventually sent an apology email a couple of days later.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house. Nice views. Gravel and grass need attention

  • 4 of 5


  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magique, amazing

  • 5 of 5

Emplacement de rêve au bout d'un chemin caillouteux, vues sur l'océan exceptionnelles de toutes les fenêtres de la maison. Maison très bien équipée, très cozy, avec beaucoup de place, 4 chambres, 1 salle de bain, 1 salle d'eau, 2 toilettes, cadre vraiment excellent. On espère y revenir ...

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $80.3
Pet Fee $26.77

Booking Notes:
Non refundable deposit of £150.00 payable to secure booking with full balance payable 8 weeks prior to booking start date. Payment by cheque or bank transfer accepted.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays. Check out by 10am. Available from 4pm onwards, or earlier if specifically requested.

Notes on prices:
For parties of 1-4 guests we offer a reduction of £100 off the weekly rental cost. Short breaks available in low season, minimum 3 nights stay, prices on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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