Northern Sands Hotel

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Beach nearby
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Hypo-allergenic bedding, Select Comfort beds, blackout curtains
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Overview of Northern Sands Hotel

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Northern Sands Hotel

3.0 star property

4.6/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.8/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Restaurant
  • Business services
  • Bar
  • Housekeeping

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
Dunnet, Dunnet Head, Thurso, Scotland, KW14 8XD

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationDunnet Bay Distillery1 min walk
  • Popular LocationDunnet Bay Beach5 min walk
  • Popular LocationMary-Ann's Cottage7 min drive
  • AirportWick (WIC)29 min drive

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About this area


Located in Thurso, Northern Sands Hotel is near the beach. Notable landmarks in the area include Dunnet Head Lighthouse and Castle of Mey, and travellers wishing to experience a bit of culture can try Caithness Horizons.

What's nearby

  • Dunnet Bay Distillery - 1 min walk
  • Dunnet Bay Beach - 5 min walk
  • Mary-Ann's Cottage - 7 min drive
  • Dunnet Head Lighthouse - 7 min drive
  • Castle of Mey - 10 min drive

Getting around

  • Thurso Station - 13 min drive
  • Wick (WIC) - 29 min drive


  • Logans Bar — 1 min walk
  • Pentland Lounge — 1 min walk
  • Castletown Chip Shop - 5 min drive
  • Castle Arms Hotel - 6 min drive
  • The Tea Cosy - 7 min drive

About this property

Northern Sands Hotel

3-star hotel near the beach
At Northern Sands Hotel, hit the nearby beach, dine on-site at Logans Bar or enjoy a drink at one of the hotel's 3 bars/lounges. All 12 rooms provide free WiFi and free wired Internet, Smart TVs with digital channels, and conveniences such as 12 bathrooms and coffee makers. Other amenities available to guests include Select Comfort beds, free local calls and hairdryers.
Northern Sands Hotel offers 12 forms of accommodation with coffee/tea makers and a hairdryer. Beds feature Select Comfort mattresses. 32-inch Smart televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include baths or showers and complimentary toiletries.

This Thurso hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include telephones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

Awards and affiliations

This property has signed the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the regional cleaning and disinfection practices of We're Good To Go (UK)
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free extended parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • Return airport shuttle (surcharge) from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Airport shuttle on request

Food and drink

  • 2 restaurants
  • 3 bars/lounges


  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Conference centre
  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Bathroom emergency pull cord
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Heating
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Select comfort bed


  • 12 bathrooms
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels


  • 32-inch smart TV
  • Digital channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker


  • Free local calls
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

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Check-in from 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Guests will receive an email 72 hours before arrival with check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: GBP 70 per vehicle (one-way)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards and debit cards; cash is not accepted

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Northern Sands Hotel
Northern Sands Hotel Thurso
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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 45 out of 72 reviews
5 - Excellent 63%
Rating 4 - Good. 25 out of 72 reviews
4 - Good 35%
Rating 3 - Okay. 1 out of 72 reviews
3 - Okay 1%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 72 reviews
2 - Poor 1%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 72 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great hotel and super friendly staff. Highly recommended
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2021

4/5 Good

Business traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Single Room
Stopped in a single room with en-suite both of which were compact. The hotel, room and en-suite were clean and of a good standard. The staff were also super helpful.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great location on NC500, comfortble and spacious room and bed. Very friendly staff, and restaurant with good menu options (including vegetarian), and of excellent quality.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Good choice
Friendly, helpful staff. Good location on Dunnet bay
Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2021

2/5 Poor

Travelled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2021