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Thurso

The most northerly town in mainland Scotland, Thurso is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside and is known as the gateway to Orkney. The town itself features a variety of traditional shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants within the pedestrianised high street. There are also a number of wonderful local attractions to visit from the circular wellhouse of Meadow Well, to the Swanson Gallery, which hosts year round exhibitions of fine artwork. Many visitors enjoy the lovely seaside views, which are dominated by a dramatic backdrop of the cliffs of Dunnet Head, Hoy and Orkney. One of the more unusual attractions of Thurso is the recent popularity of surfing in the area, with surfing competitions and year round surfing opportunities held in this cold surf destination.

We love Thurso because...

  • Ideal for wildlife watching
  • Most northerly Scottish town
  • Seaside views
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Hotels
Hotels in Thurso
Thurso-Breaks outing-Royal Hotel Thurso
Royal Hotel, Thurso
Traill Street Thurso KW14 8EH

For good food, comfortable guestrooms and an excellent location, choose the Royal Hotel for your break in Thurso.

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£74.50pp
Royal Hotel, Thurso
Traill Street Thurso KW14 8EH

For good food, comfortable guestrooms and an excellent location, choose the Royal Hotel for your break in Thurso.

In and around Thurso

Castle and Gardens of Mey

This grand castle was once known as Barrogill Castle, but had become derelict upon being discovered by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who bought the building and set about restoring it. The castle and gardens are now open to the public to explore, with awe-inspiring views available from the upper floors, with the Orkney Islands visible on a clear day.

Caithness Horizon Museum

A fascinating museum that takes visitors on a journey through the areas history, from the Devonian Period (roughly 400 million years ago) right up until the present day. Including exhibitions focusing on the Picts, Vikings and much more. There are a number of interesting relics, fossils and geological oddities on display here, as well as a series of guest exhibitions, which change through the year.

Caithness Wildlife Tours

Discover some of the most iconic, rare and spectacular animals on the British Isles. From the majestic orca and sea eagles, to playful dolphins and many, many more. Choose from a number of different types of tour depending on the season, including tailor made tours.

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