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Excellent 5/5 5 reviews

Front of House with stylish Sun Room

Bungalow | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Sleeps Two Adults and Two Children

North Winds was newly built in 2007 and is situated in quiet countryside with views overlooking the Pentland Firth, Stroma and the Orkney Islands.

The two bedroom modern bungalow contains a double room and twin room (with bunk beds) and is ideal for a couple or small families as it can sleep a maximum off two adults and two children.

The rural area of Gills situated on the far north coast of Scotland is the ideal base for exploring the county of Caithness or arranging day trips to the Orkney Isles. The globally famous John o'Groats (the end of the road) is only a five minutes drive away and the historic Castle of Mey (Queen Mother's former residence) is also around five minutes away and we are literally only a few minutes away from the Gills Bay Car and Passenger Ferry. Also John o'Groats Ferries offer day tours to Orkney for passengers only and wildlife cruises.

We operate an allergy free house so sorry no pets and the house is non-smoking.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Sannick Beach, John O'Groats 6 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Wick John o'Groats Airport 30 km, Nearest railway: Wick Railway Station 30 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Access Wheelchair users, Secure parking

The Scottish Highlands region

Caithness is the most northerly county in mainland Britain, well knows for its rugged natural beauty and often described as the lowlands beyounds the Higlands (the world famous Flow Country). The first impression here is a sense of openness with wide skies, dramatic seascapes and rolling moors merging westwards into rugged peaks.


The rural area of Gills situated on the far north coast of Scotland is the ideal base for exploring the county of Caithness or arranging day trips to the Orkney Isles. The globally famous John o'Groats (the end of the road) is only a 5 minutes drive away and the historic Castle of Mey (Queen Mother's former residence) is also around 5 minutes drive away and we are literally only a few minutes away from the Gills Bay Car and Passenger Ferry.

The Castle of Mey holiday home to the late Queen Mother is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area and is situated only 3 miles west of Gills. Visitors can take a tour around the castle, enjoy the beautiful gardens, the new Animal Centre along with the Castle Shop and Tearooms.

To the east of Gills is the globally famous John o'Groats (the end of the road) where you can visit local craft shops, have lunch in the cafés, take wildlife cruises or just simply explore the shore line and take in the breath taking scenery. Duncansby Head is where the Atlantic meets the North Sea with its lighthouse and views southwards to the Stacks of Duncansby and the area provides beautiful walks.

West of Gills is Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the British mainland, an area of strategic importance to the Navy in both world wars. Just to the west of the headland is the fantastic Dunnet Beach and sand-dunes. This is a mecca for surfers as is the nearby Thurso East beach – although the water is a little on the chilly side! Behind Dunnet is the forest with its walks and abundant wildlife and provides shelter on particularly windy and rainy days.

The nearest main towns are Wick and Thurso, both located around the same distance from Gills Bay (approximately 18 miles) or 20 minutes by car. Both towns have decent shopping facilities with Wick having a major Tescos store, petrol station and retail park. Both towns also have the choice of other supermarkets including Lidl and Co-operative along with various other unique shops.

Further west heading out of Thurso you can take excellent day trips as the north west coast road takes in some increasingly spectacular scenery with some fantastic beaches at Melvich, Strathy, Bettyhill, Armadale, The Kyle of Tongue and Durness.

The Orkney Islands are another major attraction to the area as Orkney provides many historic sites and places of interest including the famous Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, Scapa Flow, the Churchill Barriers and the Italian Chapel.

Our recommendation and the easiest option for getting too Orkney would be a day trip / tour from John o'Groats. John o'Groats Ferries operate a passenger ferry (only a 40 minute crossing) from John o'Groats to South Ronaldsay where a coach picks you up and takes you to all the places of interest on the Orkney mainland.

For those that wish to do their own tours can take the car ferry crossing from Gills Bay to St Margaret's hope which offers you a more convenient alternative than driving to Scrabster for the NorthLink Ferries service to Stromnes. Pentland Ferries is the operator from Gills Bay who operate the catarmaran MV Pentalina which you will see on a daily basis when viewing out The Dining Sun Room window at North Winds.

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Review 1-5 of 5

11 Jun 2014


"Views splendid, comfortable and very well equiped"

Had a lovely stay in February with my partner and nephew. The views from the dining room window were superb, The property had everything you would need for a perfect stay, and within easy reach of some beautiful beaches and walks.

Enjoyed having you stay with us and thanks for the recipes!

25 May 2014


"lovely well finished modern cottage with sea views in quiet location"

Ideal base to explore the North coast and Orkney. Owners came to greet us when we arrived and made us feel welcome. Nice basket of biscuits, cheese and wine. House had everything we needed for our sta… More

Thanks for the kind comments. Yes it is such a shame the weather was not kind to you as the few weeks before that we had a really nice spell of bright sunshine.

8 May 2014


"Lovely setting, very clean and pleasant accomodation"

The cottage was lovely and clean and the owners were wonderful very helpful without being intrusive. We even had a lovely little welcome hamper waiting for us which was so thoughtful. The cottage is v… More

I agree you was very lucky with the weather! Glad you enjoyed your week's stay at North Winds, thank you.

28 Apr 2014


"The best surprise in self-catering accommodation thoughtfully and warmly welcoming"

I revisited each room of this beautiful home to see what I missed or could not see the night before because darkness had descended or weariness had dulled my senses. The view is into fields of sheep and out to sea. The rooms are so beautifully appointed. Poppies are the major motif and reds and blacks are themed. Birds are soaring overhead. Lapwings, gulls, cowbirds. All amenities are provided and all that could be imagined. Very modern kitchen. The sunroom is a stunning feature with vaulted ceiling.

Northwinds (well named) is perhaps one kilometer from Gills Bay that eventually becomes the Pentland Firth into the North Sea. Seabirds soar over. We can see Stroma on a clear day.

Things to do and see in the area are the Caithness Smokehouse, Dunnet Beach, Dunnet Head (the most northerly point in Scotland where a variety of sea birds soar over precipitous cliffs), the Castle Mey (if there in May or later), Thurso and Scrabster are within 20 minutes. Scrabster has a sensational tea shop called "Cups". Walks to the west of Thurso along the shore are stunning. Ferries leave to Orkney from Scrabster.

Thank you so much for your kind comments and so glad you enjoyed your stay at North Winds. Glad you managed to relax after the long trip you had to reach us!

21 Apr 2014


"Highland retreat"

We had an excellent stay at Northwinds we were greeted on arrival by the owner who showed us around the property and gave us a welcome basket of goodies including local biscuits and cheese which is a nice touch.

The property is very modern and very clean with everything you would want or expect.

The house is located only 5 mins drive to John O groats ten mins from Dunnet head and its beautiful beach,The castle of Mey is about 8 mins away.

Whenever I have been on holiday I always ask myself would I return and yes I would defiantly return to Northwinds.

Many thanks to David and Ethel for letting us stay in your lovely home.

Thank you very much for the kind comments and you will be made most welcome on your return!

Review 1-5 of 5

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Calendar last updated:18 Aug 2014

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