Ocean View, Dunnet near Thurso
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Ocean View is a lovingly restored, detached traditional croft cottage on a working croft peacefully situated near Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain.
Comfortable, homely accommodation with spectacular views of Dunnet Head, the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Isles.
Charming period features such as pine panelling, wooden floors, wooden window shutters and a peat burning stove, plus large renovated steading with open beams and flagstone floor all of which make for a unique Highland holiday experience.
Ocean View is quietly nestled in its own sheltered garden and surrounded by open fields and expansive moorland beyond. Plenty of wildlife nearby including a resident seal colony at Brough Bay. Deer, otters, puffins and many other seabirds nearby. The ideal environment for walking, golfing, fishing, cycling, surfing, bird watching, visiting sites of historical/archaeological interest or just relaxing by the peat fire and enjoying the tranquil, peaceful surroundings.
Caithness is an area of great beauty and contrasts with acres of wilderness, mountains, dramatic cliffs and deserted beaches, but also boasts 2 bustling towns providing all the facilities a visitor may need.
Ocean View is perfectly placed to enjoy all that Caithness has to offer including Dunnet Head, John O' Groats, Castle of Mey, Ferries to Orkney, Camster Cairns, Old Pulteney Distillery, Forsinard Flows and RSPB reserve to name but a few.
You may also be lucky and see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Minimal light pollution and its northerly location make Ocean View an ideal place to see this amazing spectacle.
Ocean View is the perfect place to escape the stresses and strains of modern day living and fully immerse yourself in this truly stunning, wild yet unspoiled environment.
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Brough Bay 750 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Wick Airport 25 km, Nearest railway: Thurso 15 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||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
Tea towels, kitchen foil, kitchen roll, toilet rolls and cleaning products provided
Utility Room with washing machine, Belfast sink, toilet, indoor drying area, storage for bicycles, surf gear etc.
Sitting Room with peat/log burning stove (free peat provided)
Electric storage heating throughout (included in rental)
|Further details outdoors|
Outdoor drying area
Private sheltered garden with table and chairs, perfect for eating/sitting out and enjoying the amazing sea views
Off road parking
Safe storage available for cycles, sport/surf gear etc.
Owners live nearby providing on site key collection and help/assistance as required
Free range eggs and organic vegetables available to buy in season
Transport can be provided from Wick airport or Thurso Rail/Bus Station
The Scottish Highlands region
Welcome to Scotland's Highlands, a magical land of amazing natural beauty, where the scenery is breathtaking, the flora and fauna captivating, and the attractions and activities exciting and appealing.
From the mesmerising glow of a typical Highland sunset to the raw beauty of a west coast mountain range, and in all the vastness around and between, can be found wonderful, exhilarating adventures or peaceful, energy-restoring experiences - whichever your wish, or need.
With its abundance of fertile land, clear, clean water and fresh air, this part of Scotland boasts a natural gourmet larder. Its seafood and fish - lobster, shellfish, wild salmon, trout plus locally produced whiskey - are renowned the world over.
Thanks to an ever-expanding air service and a comprehensive rail and ferry network, the area can be travelled in comfort, and drivers will often find that they have many of the roads to themselves - apart from the odd sheep.
Few places in the world offer such a wealth and diversity of natural beauty, activities and attractions, but this is one of them. (Scottish Highland Explorer)
Caithness is an area of great beauty and contrasts with acres of wilderness, mountains, dramatic cliffs and deserted beaches, but also boasts 2 bustling towns, Thurso and Wick, providing all the facilities a visitor may need. Caithness is the ideal base for walking, cycling, surfing, birdwatching, botany, visiting sites of historical interest, fishing, golfing or for just relaxing and escaping the stresses and strains of modern day living.
Ocean View Holiday Cottage is perfectly positioned to take advantage of all that Caithness has to offer including :-
Brough Bay (5 minutes walk ) with its resident seal colony, various nesting sea birds including fulmars, puffins, cormorants, great black-backed gulls and many more.Breathtaking views of sea stacks and Orkney Islands.You might also be lucky enough to spot otters.
Dunnet Head (5 min. drive, or a pleasant 3 mile walk or cycle) The most northerly point on mainland Britain with its magnificent viewpoint, cliffs with puffins, Stevenson lighthouse, 360 degree views of Orkney Isles and mountains to the west and south.Dunnet Head also has a number of lochs for fishing.
John O'Groats (12 miles) Well worth a visit. Wildlife boat trips, and day trips to Orkney available during summer months. Various craft shops, some selling local produce. Duncansby Head is also nearby with its lighthouse, magnificent cliffs and amazing sea stacks.
Castle of Mey (6 miles) The late Queen Mother's favourite holiday home. Castle and gardens plus restaurant are open to the public in summer season. Animal visitor centre also popular with the youngsters.
Mary Ann's Cottage (2miles) In Dunnet village. An excellent example of a traditional croft house filled with typical furniture, box beds, open range and crofting implements etc.
Dunnet village (2miles) with beautiful 2 mile long golden sandy beach and waves excellent for surfing. Dunnet also has a hotel/pub with bar/restaurant open all year round. Dunnet forest is a great place to visit particularly with children with its maize of intertwining paths and attractions for children. The Seadrift centre at Dunnet beach is a wildlife ranger run visitor centre with lots of fascinating information and displays about local wildlife and environment
Castletown (5 miles) Once famous for its world renowned Caithness flagstone industry. Visitor centre and flagstone trail telling its story. Also has a bank, hotel/pub serving excellent food, GP surgery, post office, small convenience store, excellent butcher selling local meat and produce, filling station, fish & chip shop,and Chinese takeaway
Thurso (10 miles) Nearest town with plenty of shops, banks, bars, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, museum, cinema, swimming pool, library, railway station, harbour and ferries to Orkney/Shetland, and world class surfing beach at Thurso East.
Wick (20 miles) Airport, harbour famous for its historic herring fishing industry, museums, distillery, and many other historic buildings and places of interest. Wick also has a large Tesco, Homebase, New Look and Superdrug as well as smaller local shops
Camster Cairns, Hill O' Many Stanes, Whaligoe Steps etc. Caithness is full of sites of historical interest including castles, brochs, cairns, standing stones, hut circles to name but a few. These are generally noted on ordnance survey maps of the area but are often not signposted making it even more of an adventure discovering them for yourself but avoiding the crowds which tends to be a feature of many other visitor attractions.
St. John's Loch ( 1 mile) Great for fishing and observing the wide ranging birdlife from the bird hide. Boats can be hired and fishing permits are available locally.
Forsinard RSPB reserve and centre of The Flow Country. Visit this amazing wild landscape with over 11,000 acres of blanket bog and lochans a place of sanctuary for many birds and plants, and of great international significance in terms of reducing carbon emissions. Soon, hopefully, to be recognised as a World Heritage Site.
North West Sutherland, well worth a day trip to visit the beautiful secluded beaches and wild mountain landscapes of this unpopulated, unspoiled area.
Caithness is ideal for walkers of all levels with acres of deserted moorland waiting to be discovered, but also a number of mountains such as Morven and Scaraben which are easily accessible but challenging.
Caithness has world class surfing facilities with excellent surf at Thurso East, Brimms Ness and Dunnet Bay, all within easy travelling distance of Ocean View.
There are a number of excellent golf courses nearby, Thurso, Reay, Reiss.
Trips to Orkney are available by car and passenger ferries which run all year round from Gills and from Scrabster . Passenger only daytrips run from John O'Groats in the Summer months
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Minimal light pollution and its northerly situation make Ocean View an ideal location for seeing the Northern Lights. The Winter months are the best time to see this amazing spectacle.
These are just some of the local attractions. There are many more and many places yet to be discovered!!!!!
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26 Mar 2014
"Excellent and outstanding holiday!!!"
Beautifull cottage with amazing views, lovely touch with fresh eggs and flowers from Lynne and Rob who are very helpfull, friendly people. So lucky as we had an amazing show of the Northen Lights tha… More
29 Dec 2013
"Christmas 2013 away from it all"
We found the cottage easily in the dark- the lights had been left on for us and the heating was on, the cottage was decorated for Christmas and there were some fresh eggs waiting for us in the kitchen… More
15 Dec 2013
"Idyllic cottage with first class hospitality courtesy of the owners"
I'm a surfer and travelled to the north of Scotland with my wife hoping for great waves and intending to shoot a short surf video (which we did). I wasn't disappointed! This cottage is truly… More
29 Nov 2013
"a very calm and relaxing stay"
A very calm and relaxing feeling, with peace perfect peace, with fantastic views in the surrounding Highlands of Scotland. A coastal position in a remote beauty for anyone wanting peace and quiet. We … More
3 Nov 2013
"Sheer delightful relaxation"
Everything was as described on the cottage details and clear instructions on how to get to the property were provided by the owner. The owner lives nearby and after we'd settled in came over to m… More
20 Oct 2013
A lovely Cottage, peaceful good views and very comfortable, wouldn't hesitate to go back there again.… More
12 Sep 2013
"Delightful character filled cottage."
Really enjoyed our stay in Ocean View. It is comfortable, warm , convenient and amazing to be able to look out of the window and see Orkney and the sea. Really enjoyed the peat fire in the evening.Tha… More
4 Sep 2013
"Peaceful and restful with plenty to see and do"
Our stay in Ocean view cottage was brilliant with views to die for.This very well equipped,clean and comfortable cottage that was our home for two fantastic weeks, and that we will never forget.We had… More
17 Aug 2013
"Ocean View was an idyllic cottage in beautiful surroundings!"
Our week at Ocean View could not have been better. It was a gorgeous cottage, full of character, cosy and well-equipped. The area was utterly tranquil and peaceful; a perfect place to unwind, but stil… More
30 Jul 2013
"a croft experience with comforts in great location"
Neither of us had ventured north of Inverness in our lifetime and I thought that one just has to go to John'o'Groats once (the plan is to go to Land's End at the end of summer). Ocean View seemed in a perfect position to tour the area and so it is. There is a lot to see and do; easily accessible for ferries to the Orkneys, lovely beaches and great for birds and wildlife (the domestic animals are a bonus). Very comfortable base, quite spacious and well equipped for us two plus the two Jack Russells who were worn out and are still recovering!!