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Firthview Holiday cottage

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Firthview and its surroundings

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Where distance to the nearest neighbour is measured in 'fields', secluded Firthview Holiday Cottage sleeps 4 people and is available to rent all year round.

This coastal holiday cottage is part of a traditional croft-based smallholding in Caithness on the north coast of Scotland with panoramic views of the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands.

• The freedom of self-catering accommodation in a stone-built two-bedroom cottage

• A comfortable base from which to visit the many attractions north of the Scottish Highlands

• Local beach and cliff walks, sightseeing, fishing, birdwatching and surfing

• Killer Whales sighted off Firthview Cliffs

• The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

• Fresh air, peace and tranquility

• The ideal base for the keen nature photographer

• A short distance from the globally famous, John O'Groats

• Pets welcome

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: John O' Groats Wick Airport 25 km, Nearest railway: Wick or Thurso 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

The Scottish Highlands region

Caithness is the most Northery mainland county of the British Isles and is home to the World famous John o' Groats. Often referred to as the Lowlands beyond the Highlands it is a county of stunning lanscapes. From spectacular sunsets to the amazing Northern Lights and its big skies with very little light pollution make it a star gazing hotspot. Vast empty beaches and beautiful flow country offer plenty of wildlife opportunities from whales, seals, deer and a vast range of birdlife including the much loved puffins. Caithness also has a plentiful supply of historic sites including castles, brochs, churches, cairns and standing stones.

Caithness

Canisbay is a small village 3 miles west of John O' Groats. The croft set back 400 metres from the road and enjoys complete privacy for a peaceful and tranquil holiday. Surrounded by fields and with a view of the Pentland Firth it is a great base to explore the best of what Caithness has to offer.

John O'Groats

The village itself has a Post Office and a shop. At the harbour you will find gift shops, a coffee shops and the famous John O' Groats sign to have your photo taken to prove you were at the end of the road!

There is also a passenger ferry to Orkney to experience the highlights Orkney has to offer and Wildlife tours around the island of Stroma. Alternatively you can hop aboard the Natural Explorer a jet RIB which offers Wildlife tours around the deserted island of Stroma to see the amazing wildlife or for those seeking more adventure a white-water experience.

Beaches

Caithness has many beautiful and more often than not deserted beaches.

At the end of the drive and across the field you can access the rocky beach which has a small waterfall and is the point to look out for sea otters and porpoise .

You will also see seals here and at the lay-by near the ferry especially when the tide is out and it's a great location for messing about in the rock pools. For sandy beaches here are just a few suggestions:

Sannick Beach

Four miles from the holiday cottage, this is a beautiful beach where often the water is tropical looking even if the weather isn't!!

Freswick Beach

Four miles, another small but lovely beach sandy at one end and rocky around Freswick Castle.

Sinclair Bay

Eight miles from the holiday cottage. Voted one of the top-ten beaches in the world by the Guardian in 2007.

Dunnet Beach

Ten miles. Sandy beach stretching for two miles with dunes with the Seadrift visitor centre and toilets.

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Shopping

Village shops can be found in John O' Groats and Mey. A slightly larger shop is found at Castletown, ten miles from the holiday cottage.

Wick and Thurso, the county's two towns both have several supermarkets and many local shops.

The holiday cottage also falls into a Tesco home delivery service area.

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Leisure Activities

Golf Courses

Can be found at Wick, Thurso, Lybster and the most northerly golf course on the mainland is found at Reay, ten miles west of Thurso.

Fishing

Sea fishing by boat or onshore, Loch fishing and river fishing are all available and permits can be purchased from local shops and hotels.

Surfing

With many beaches comes many places to surf the most popular locations being Brims Ness and Thurso East which are both the home to the annual O'Neill Highland Open.

Swimming Leisure centres can be found at both Wick and Thurso.

Wildlife

Even for a complete amateur you cannot be but amazed by the wildlife all around you in Caithness.

Seals, porpoises, killer wales, otters, deer, buzzards to name but a few are right on the doorstep you just need to know where to look!

Horse Riding

Available at Halkirk or beach trekking in spectacular scenery along Torrisdale Bay.

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Historic Places of Interest

Castles

Caithness has numerous castles from fully restored castles to ruins. The Castle of Mey is probably the most popular and can be found just a few miles away. It now boasts an animal centre, tearoom and shop in addition to the walled gardens and the castle itself and is well worth a visit.

Mary Ann's Cottage

Located in Dunnet this is a real slice of croft living. This historic croft has been left exactly as it was when the owner Mary-Ann Calder left in 1990. Stepping into this croft you can completely imagine what life would have been like in the holiday cottage years ago.

Brochs

There are 100's of Brochs in Caithness and the best place start exploring them is with a visit to the recently opened Caithness Broch Centre just a few miles away in the village of Auckengill.

Other Sites of Archaeological Interest

Caithness also offers cairns and stone circles the most impressive of which is the Grey Cairns of Camster.

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Other Places of Interest

Caithness Horizons

A first class visitor attraction based in Thurso. It is a perfect starting point for finding out about Caithness and what it has to offer. It also provides regularly changing exhibitions, tourist information, a café and shop.

Old Poultney Distillery

Take a tour around the most northerly mainland distillery and sample a complementary dram.

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Review 1-10 of 20

21 Jul 2014

5/5

"A very cosy, comfortable & peaceful 'get away from it all' in great surroundings!"

Our first visit to the the very north of Scotland, and we loved every minute of it. The peace and quiet - just the sheep, birds and (occasionally) the wind for company - made it a real haven for 2 we… More

29 Jun 2014

5/5

"A peaceful retreat"

We stayed here for 1 week in June. The cottage was very easy to find using the directions provided by Sarah, the cottage owner. It is well set back from the main road and surrounded by fields. This ma… More

10 May 2014

5/5

"Amazing views! Amazing cottage! Amazing place!"

We have now visited Firthview twice in the last 6 months and are going back up again in 5 months. The cottage is lovely. Well equipped, nice and cosy and ideally placed for a relaxing holiday. Lots to… More

4 May 2014

4/5

"Great Northern Retreat"

We have just returned from a week at Firthview Cottage with our large golden retriever. We arrived the previous Saturday in a thick cold haar (sea mist for those who are non Scots) to a very warm cott… More

24 Aug 2013

5/5

"A very lovely retreat"

We had a brilliant time here, especially the dog. The cottage is lovely, reasonably priced and the views are fantastic. I'd love to go back providing I can find the time and money to do so.… More

16 Aug 2013

5/5

"Beautiful cottage with a stunning outlook"

We stayed at Firthview cottage for a few days at the end of July. The cottage is lovely and cosy, one of the nicest we have stayed in when in the north of Scotland. The cottage is set well back from the main road, so is excellent for children and dogs and has lovely views especially from the kitchen. The cottage is in an excellent location for a day trip to the Orkney islands, visiting many beaches, Castle of Mey, Duncansby stacks and lots more. We will definitely return as four days was not enough time to explore the area fully and when we do, hopefully Firthview cottage will be available for our stay.

31 Jul 2013

5/5

"Pure chill out!"

Arrived after long journey to find a wee cosy cottage surrounded by fields and great views. Owners very friendly and keen to assist if any queries - none!
Cottage location was great - as have relatives and friends spread around Caithness.
With older children/teenager - plenty activities around to keep occupied (Cycling at Dunnet Forest/speed boat trips/fishing/beach and rock combing).
Would be very keen to revisit Firthview Cottage !

20 Jul 2013

5/5

"Lovely Cottage in a great area."

This nicely appointed, cosy cottage sits on its own in a lovely area for walking, bird watching and fishing. It was clean and tidy and had all we wanted. Thurso and Wick arent far away but we prefer… More

2 Jul 2013

5/5

"A beautiful and restful place."

My husband and I always knew we would renew our wedding vows on our 25th anniversary. We decided it should be in or near Wick, as his family was from there. We found Al and Sarah. They put us in to… More

30 Jun 2013

5/5

"The best views in a beautiful cottage."

When we arrived we were thrilled at the secluded location of the cottage and walking into we were not disappointed. The cottage has a very cosy and comfortable feel and very clean which was a concern … More

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