Thurso

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Thurso

Britain’s northernmost mainland town, this cheerful vacation resort is a popular surfing center and excellent base for excursions into the surrounding countryside.

Thurso makes a convenient stopover point for visitors continuing to Scrabster, where ferries depart for the Orkney Islands. Many visitors simply transit through this charming town, but it’s worth slowing down to enjoy its quaint traditional shops, bars and restaurants. Walk along the river, check out the history museum and watch surfers on the beach.

Learn about the history of Caithness country at the superb Caithness Horizons Museum. Tracing the development of Caithness from nearly 400 million years ago to the present, the museum features wonderful audiovisuals as well as fine Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts. Don’t miss the Dounreay exhibit, which explores the impact of the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) and its Nuclear Power Establishment on the county.

The town also has lovely beaches, particularly along Dunnet Bay. One of the world’s top cold surf destinations, Thurso offers some of the most consistent surf on mainland Britain. Take a surfing lesson or enjoy watching experienced surfers challenge the waves.

View the ruins of Old St. Peter's Kirk, a church dating back to the 12th century or take a stroll along the River Thurso. One of the most popular trails begins near Waterside House, offering a gorgeous 45-minute walk through the countryside.

Take the bus to visit the nearby Castle of Mey, a favorite summer home of the late Queen Elizabeth. Dating back to the 16th century, this beautifully restored castle offers delightful insight into the life and interests of the Queen Mother. Check out the view over the castle’s Walled Garden to see islands in the North Atlantic Ocean from the top of the turret.

Travel to Dunnett Head to see its evocative 19th-century lighthouse. Set on the northernmost point of the Scottish mainland, the lighthouse’s headland offers magnificent views across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands.

To get here, take the train or bus from Inverness. Thurso is also well connected to Orkney and Shetland by ferry. Enjoy your discovery of the many laid-back charms of Thurso.

Park Hotel
Park Hotel
3 out of 5
Oldfield, Thurso, Scotland, KW14 8RE
The price is £92 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Thurso. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (245 reviews)
"Good value for money"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2022

Park Hotel
Muthu Royal Thurso Hotel
Muthu Royal Thurso Hotel
3 out of 5
Traill Street, Thurso, Scotland, KW14 8EH
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Thurso. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their ...
3.2/5 (495 reviews)
"We were accommodated for very well, and we found this to be the better hotel out of the 4 we stayed in over our week trip doing the NC500. It’s not exactly the Ritz but it’s clean, comfortable and cosy. In a decent location (not much to do in the town but it was nice and quiet). Would stay here again ..."

Reviewed on 1 May 2022

Muthu Royal Thurso Hotel
Bettyhill Hotel
Bettyhill Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Bettyhill, Thurso, Scotland, KW14 7SP
The price is £120 per night from 17 Jun to 18 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Thurso. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (194 reviews)
"Bettyhill Hotel is ideally located along the NC500 route and a great place to stay or dine. Staff were very friendly and helpful. We had dinner during our stay and the food was great. Really recommend to anyone doing the NC500."

Reviewed on 7 May 2022

Bettyhill Hotel
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Thurso Self Catering Pet Friendly Holiday Lets
Thurso Self Catering Pet Friendly Holiday Lets
3 out of 5
Grove Lane & Meadow Court, Thurso, Scotland, KW14 8AE
The price is £128 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 3-star property in Thurso. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a computer station. Popular attractions Caithness Horizons and Scrabster Ferry Terminal ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (12 reviews)
"Plenty areas so walk my dog and close to a lot Sites"

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Thurso Self Catering Pet Friendly Holiday Lets
Studio in Strathy Point Lighthouse with sea view
Studio in Strathy Point Lighthouse with sea view
Thurso, SCT
The price is £337 per night from 11 Jun to 12 Jun
Stay at this apartment in Thurso. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a kitchen. Popular attraction Strathy Bay is located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Spectacular scenery, felt like your on the end of the world . Well equipped accommodation, took a while to work out which one we we’re staying in as there’s 5 apartments. Definitely one for the memory book I would stay here again ."

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2022

Studio in Strathy Point Lighthouse with sea view
The Retreat
The Retreat
3.5 out of 5
Celtic firs, Scarfskerry, Thurso, Scotland, KW14 8XW
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Thurso. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Castle of Mey and Dunnet Bay Distillery are located nearby. ...
The Retreat
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