Bairlinnean & Cladach (Fishermen's Cottages)

Self Catering

6 & 8 Shore Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8BN

    Pentland Firth Cottages: Comprises two adjacent fishermen’s cottages both of which are located in the old part of Thurso which is the most northerly town in the North of Scotland.

    Bairlinnean (No 6 Shore Street)

    Is the cottage on the left when looking at the buildings face on.  Bairlinnean is designed to comfortably accommodate four adults having a superking size double bed in the master bedroom and a double bed in the guest bedroom.  A travel cot (with accoutrements) is also available free of charge.

    The accommodation comprises two levels.  Lower level consists of a fully fitted kitchen, dining area, lounge and storage for all-weather personal gear.

    Upstairs there are two fitted double bedrooms + bathroom fitted with a corner bath and separate shower.

    The back door of the cottage allows for access to the rear garden and patio area (patio furniture included) which is secured by a wall and boundary fence.  A single gate gives access to the beach and promenade.  In addition there are uninterrupted rear sea views of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Islands.

    As well as being furnished throughout, the cottage has full gas central heating with an electric fire in the lounge.  The whole is serviced with a combi boiler which supplies both hot running water and heating on demand.

    Pets:

    A maximum of two pets are permitted and these are each supplied with a bed and towel.

     

    Cladach (No 8 Shore Street)

    Is the cottage on the right when looking at the buildings face on (see photograph).  Cladach is designed to comfortable accommodate the nuclear family i.e. mum, dad & two children.  As such good quality single beds are provided in the guest bedroom whilst there is a superking size double bed in the master bedroom.

    As with Bairlinnean, accommodation comprises two levels.  Lower level consists of a fully fitted kitchen, dining area, lounge and storage for all-weather personal gear.

    Upstairs there are two fitted double bedrooms + bathroom with a shower over the bath.

    The back door of the cottage allows for access to the rear garden and patio area (patio furniture included) which is secured by both boundary fences and seaside wall.  A single pedestrian gate gives access to both the beach and promenade.  In addition there uninterrupted rear sea views to both the Pentland Firth and Orkney Islands.

    As well as being fully furnished throughout, the cottage has full gas central heating with a gas fire in the lounge.  The whole is serviced with a combi boiler which supplies both hot running water and heating on demand.

    Pets:

    As with Bairlinnean, a maximum of two pets are permitted and these are each supplied with a bed and towel.

    Places of interest:

    There is much to see in Caithness & Sutherland.  We always advise guests to first visit Caithness Horizons which is in walking distance from the cottages.  This new visitor attraction acts as the hub for the area and houses a museum, exhibitions, displays, a shop and a café.  Some £4m has been spent on establishing this facility and admission is free. 

    See www.caithnesshorizons.co.uk

    In Thurso the shops, supermarkets, café’s, pubs and restaurants are all in easy walking distance from the cottages.  Further afield we recommend the following visits:

    Falls of Shin

     To see its famous waterfalls where salmon leap on their migratory route in the spawning beds further upstream.  There is also a ‘mini Harrods’ located there!

    See www.fallsofshin.co.uk

    Smoo Cave. 

    See www.smoocave.org

    The Flows National Nature Reserve

    See www.rspb.org.uk

    Dunnet Head.

    The most northerly point on the UK mainland.  The area is alive with seabirds such as fulmar and puffins which nest on the steep ledges.  A walk along the cliff top through flower-rich heathland gives you a chance to experience the ferocity of the Pentland Firth.  Dunnet Head can be seen from both cottages too!

    See www.rspb.org.uk

    Castle of Mey and Gardens

    The 16th century Castle of Mey was originally built by the Earl of Caithness and was restored by the Queen Mother.  The Castle is now run as 5 star visitor attraction and is complemented by an animal centre which is very popular with children.

    See www.castleofmey.org.uk

    Stacks of Duncansby

    Duncansby Head offers a dramatic experience.  From the car park at the lighthouse, a short walk takes you down to the spectacular Stacks of Duncansby, some of the most impressive in the British Isles.

    Wick Heritage Centre

    The award winning and captivating museum documents the history of the town and its importance in the herring industry generally.

    See www.wickheritage.org

    Grey Cairns of Camster

    Camster Cairns are amongst the best preserved Neolithic chambered cairns in the British Isles.

    Supposedly haunted and well worth a visit!

    See www.historic-scotland.gov,uk and www.caithnessarchaeology.org.uk

    Lybster Harbourand Waterlines

    The Waterlines Heritage Centre in the working harbour at Lybster tells the story of the planned village, established at the height of the 19th century herring boom

    Open 11am 5pm.  Tel 01593 721520

    Above are just some of the attractions and all can be easily done in a day.  In addition to these, there is also the option of visiting Orkney which can be reached from either Scrabster, Gills or John O’Groats.  John O’Groats itself is a world renowned icon and should not be missed!

     

     

     

     

    Gradings
    3 Self Catering
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    2
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    Bairlinnean
    £420.00 per unit per week
    Cladach
    £420.00 per unit per week

    Prices per week range from £360.00 to £560.00 depending upon the time of year. For pensioners, armed forces veterans & police staying seven days or less there is a 10 percent reduction is offered. For pensioners, armed forces veterans & police staying in excess of seven days a 20% reduction is offered.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Catering

    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Tea & Coffee Available

    Domestic

    • Kitchen
    • Freezer
    • Iron Available
    • Linen Provided
    • Electric Cooker
    • Dishwasher
    • Shower
    • Private Bathroom
    • Fridge
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
    • Wash Hand Basin
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Towels Provided
    • Electric Shaver Point

    Leisure Facilities

    • DVD Player
    • CD Player
    • Radio
    • Garden
    • Satellite / Cable TV

    Special Requirements

    • Senior Citizens
    • Families
    • Single Travellers
    • Non smokers
    • Young People
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement
    • Pets Welcome
    • Business Travellers

    Children

    • Cot Available
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Children Welcome

    Facilities

    • No Smoking Permitted

    Location

    • Town Centre
    • Waterfront Location
    • Coastal Location
    • Town Location
    • Sea/Loch View

    Transport

    • Parking
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Cycle Hire Nearby

    Road Directions

    For road directions please see Transport Section below.

    Public Transport Directions

    Travelling by Car:

    From Inverness, take the A9 all the way to Thurso. On arrival in Thurso, cross over the first set of traffic lights (Tesco is on your left). Continue over the road bridge and take the first turning right. You then head towards the sea with the tidal River Thurso on your right. After about a mile, you will see fishing boats layed up on your left.  At this point, turn left and go up the brae (the ruins of St Peter’s Church are on your right). At first ‘T’ junction turn right and there on the left you will find Bairlinnean (No6 Shore Street) and Cladach (No8 Shore Street).  The respective nameplates are above the front doors. There is free car parking immediately outside the respective front doors, or if you prefer, you can park in the car park immediately across the road (which is also free to residents).

    If travelling by train, there is a direct service from Inverness and I am happy to pick you up at Thurso Station.

     

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

    Journey Planner

    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by a ramp or lift :
      • to the gym/leisure centre
      • to the lounge
      • to the swimming pool

    General Questions

    • Services for guests with visual impairments :
      • restaurant/bar menus/bar prices available in large print format
    • Proprietors/staff available 24-hours
    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment

    Restaurant / Breakfast / Dining Room

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to the restaurant/breakfast/dining-room

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • Bathrooms available with :
      • bath
      • bath with shower
      • separate shower unit
    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)
    • Bedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by the guest

    Parking

    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres from the main entrance
    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • flat, (i.e. without steps)
    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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