Inver Park House


Inver Park House, Houstry Road, Dunbeath, Caithness, KW6 6EH

    A warm welcome always awaits you at Inver Park House, which Keith and Rhona Gwillim built between 2004 and 2010 to provide great accommodation for bed and breakfast as well as a spacious, warm and comfortable family home.

    Its convenient location adjacent to the A9 just north of Dunbeath and 38 miles from John o' Groats, make it an ideal stop-over for tourists going 'round the top', walkers and cyclists on the Lands' End to/from John o' Groats challenge, or those on their way to Orkney. It is also a useful and comfortable place to stay if you are working up here on a short contract.

    From the breakfast room in the sun lounge at the front of the house there are stunning views over the sea and in the winter breakfast can accompany spectacular sunrises . . . in the middle of summer of course, it doesn't really get dark and you can easily take an after dinner walk in daylight or twilight and still see right across the Moray Firth.

    The back of the house (with two of the guest bedrooms) looks out over our small touring caravan park to the wonderfully shaggy Highland cattle in the field beyond.

    This makes a wonderful base for exploring the far north of Scotland, for walking, bird watching, fishing, cliff climbing, or simply relaxing in the peace and tranquillity where the loudest sounds are often the calls of curlews or oystercatchers. Inver Park House is accessed by an easy ramp from the level private parking area adjacent to the front porch. We have three large ensuite guest bedrooms, all on the ground floor.

    Our double room, with its antique ash bedroom suite, has views out across the Moray Firth, and the ensuite has a bath and separate walk-in shower.

    We have a 'family' bedroom with a double and a single bed (and room for a 'put-you-up' if necessary), with views over the caravan park. The family bathroom has a shower over the bath.

    Our third room is a 3 single bedded room, often let as a single or twin. It is especially suitable for disabled guests, with low-level light switch and a large wet room with level-entry shower area and support rails.

    All the rooms have tea/coffee/hot chocolate making facilities with guests supplied with fresh milk in neat vacuum flasks. All have new wall-mounted TVs with Freeview, and Wifi so that guests can catch up on their emails or attend to business without difficulty.

    I do not provide evening meals, but there is an excellent restaurant and bar 'The Bay Owl' just 400 yards down the road - easy walking distance, where Trevor and Irene offer a comprehensive menu and ever-changing 'specials' - no-one leaves them unsatisfied.

    Breakfast can be served anytime between 7am and 9.30am and there is something to suit everyone:- a fresh cafetiere of coffee or a choice of teas including several fruit teas, orange juice, lots of white or wholemeal brown seeded toast, oatcakes, homemade preserves and local Berriedale honey, a wide choice of breakfast cereals or porridge, fresh fruit, and I'll cook whatever you feel inclined for - tasty sausages from our local butcher, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans . . . but, sorry, no black pudding or kippers! Vegetarian options are no problem.

    After breakfast I'm happy for you to return to your room to lie 'tummy up' for a while if you need to . . . though of course you may have work to get to, or important cycling or walking commitments to get on with. If you are using this as a base for exploring the area, or are researching your ancestry, you are very welcome to come and go throughout the day. I may well be able to help you to plan your days to see the things you will most enjoy - do ask.

    Inver Park House is adjacent to Inver Caravan Park which we also own and run. Sometimes we find that the more mature members of a family or group of friends relish the comfort of the bed and breakfast accommodation while the younger ones enjoy a holiday in their caravan, motor home or tent, or in our static holiday caravan, conveniently only a few steps away. With our on-site laundry facility and excellent drying room
    4 Bed and Breakfast
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    Double Room (ensuite)
    £35.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    Family Room (ensuite)
    £35.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    Triple Room (ensuite)
    £35.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)

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


    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Drying Facilities
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex
    • Laundry Service Available
    • Outdoor Drying Facility
    • Towels Provided
    • Tumble Dryer
    • WC EnSuite
    • Washing Machine

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • TV In Room
    • Television
    • WiFi

    Special Requirements

    • Allergy Sufferers
    • Business Travellers
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non smokers
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People


    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Cot Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Fax/Email Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area


    • Coastal Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Village Location


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking

    Road Directions

    From south, drive up A9 to Dunbeath. Ignore both roads signposted 'Dunbeath' and continue north on A9. Turn left into road 'Houstry 3' and left into caravan park.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From TICs in Wick or Thurso, follow signs to Inverness, coming south on A99, A9 from Wick (21 miles) or A9 from Thurso (26 miles). Turn right on minor road signposted 'Houstry 3' and immediately left into Inver Caravan Park. Follow signs to B&B Parking. From local TIC at Dunbeath Heritage Centre, return to A9 and follow road north. Turn left into road 'Houstry 3' as above.

    Getting there by railway:- Nearest station is Helmsdale (16 miles). Get bus X99 north from Inverness.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Inverness airport is 90 miles south. Hire a car!

    Getting there by ferry:- From Scrabster or Gills Bay follow signs to Thurso then Inverness south on A9, or take bus X99 towards Inverness. Get off at Dunbeath.

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