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Modern Self-Catering Accommodation in John o’Groats, Caithness, Scotland
Sleeps Two Adults and Two Children
North Winds was newly built in 2007 and is situated in quiet countryside with views over looking 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.
Free Wireless Internet Connection with all costs (heating and electricity) included in our weekly rates. The property operates a non-smoking policy at all times and pets (small well behaved dogs) may be considered.
The newly built two bedroom cottage is built to a very high standard and well insulated making it very easy to heat and stay warm. The house was recently redecorated to give it a fresh look and the decoration throughout is contemporary, light and airy feel.
The highlight of the property has to be the impressive Dining Sun Room with a large glazed gable end window giving panoramic views of the nearby country side and views over Stroma and the Orkney Islands. The dining room table seats up to 4 – 6 people where you can have your morning breakfast enjoy stylish evening dining or simply relax in the tub chairs provided.
The compact kitchen is as you would expect from a newly built house comes fully equipped with hob, oven/grill, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and has plenty of cupboard space. The kitchen contains all necessary utensils and we are sure you will enjoy cooking in it.
The main bedroom is comfortably furnished with a double bed and large built-in mirrored wardrobe and is equipped with a flat screen TV for those who enjoy watching TV in bed. The small twin bedroom contains L Shaped pine bunk beds to maximise the use of the room and a small wardrobe making it ideal for kids although the bottom bunk bed may be suitable for an adult.
The main shower room is once again contemporary decorated with ceramic floor tiles and fully equipped with an electric shower and heated towel rail.
The lounge floor is finished with real oak flooring (as is the dining sun room) and contains a leather sofa, two seats and large flat screen TV and DVD player. There is plenty of light in this room as it contains an external set of French doors and double doors leading into the dining sun room.
Included in the price of your stay is water, electricity, heating (air source heat pump and storage heaters), bed linen and towels.
There is also a washing machine and tumble dryer located by the built-in cupboard in the main entrance vestibule.
We are sure you will agree that the house offers a high quality accommodation with a very clean, modern, exquisite look and you will have many nights comfortable sleep in the peace and quietness which the location offers.
The house is adjacent to Burnside Cottage but is situated in a way where you have your own privacy and there is a separate driveway leading into the house with secure parking / turning space outside the house.
Outside the lounge French doors open onto a small patio area where you can enjoy sitting outside with table and chairs. The dining room also has an external door where you can sit and enjoy views off the ever changing Pentland Firth and if interested you will see various ships making their way through this channel of water between the Atlantic and North Sea.
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 DunnetBeach 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 GillsBay 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.
Seaview Hotel, John o’Groats – Situated in John o’Groats the Seaview Hotel is ideal for our self-catering guests to enjoy delicious home cooked meals using the best local produce and enjoy a drink with a choice off over 130 malt whiskies.
Castle Arms Hotel, Mey – Situated in the village of Mey not far away from the entrance to the Castle of Mey the Castle Arms offers an alternative option for eating out at nights.
Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet – Located in the centre of Dunnet village and only a 10 minutes drive from us offers an alternative options for eating out.
Storehouse Café, John o’Groats – Situated by the harbour in John o’Groats the Storehouse offers a local produce café and is ideal for lunches.
John o’Groats Knitwear & Café – Browse the John o’Groats Knitwear store and enjoy a ‘Costa Coffee’ in the café.
Other than the above there is also plenty of places to eat out in main towns Wick and Thurso and links to a few recommendations are as follows;
Bord De l’eau French Restaurant, 2 Market Street, Wick, KW1 4AR – 01955 604400
No. 1 Bistro at Mackays Hotel, 1 Ebenzer Place, Wick, KW1 5ED – 01955 602323
The Norseman Hotel, Riverside, Wick, KW1 4NL – 01955 603344
J D Weatherspoon, The Alexander Bain, Market Place, Wick, KW1 4LP – 01955 609920
Spice Tandoori, 4 The Shore, Wick, KW1 4JX – 01955 60 4490
The Captains Galley, Seafood Restaurant, The Harbour, Scrabster, KW14 7UJ – 01847 894999
The Pentland Hotel, Princess Street, Thurso, KW14 7AA – 01847 893202
The Park Hotel, Thurso, KW14 8RE – 01847 893251
Le Bistro, 2 Trail Street, Thurso, KW14 8EJ – 01847 893737
Charlie Chan, 2 Sinclair Street, Thurso, KW14 7AJ – 01847 890888
Both Wick and Thurso also have a various selection of Chinese, Indian and Pizza takeaways.
John o’Groats Post Office & General Store – Situated in John o’Groats on the junction of the A99 and Duncansby Head roads they provide a friendly efficient famly run service selling fuel, fresh and frozen groceries, newsagents and postal service.
McColls’ Shop, Castletown – Situated around 15 minutes from North Winds on the A836 the McColl’s store on the Main Street is an alternative option for groceries rather than going to main towns Wick or Thurso.
First & Last, John o’Groats – One of John o’Groats most unique craft shops in Scotland, the design is in keeping with the legend of Jan de Groot and his seven sons, being eight sided. There is a tremendous selection of crafts and souvenirs.
Flavours Ice Cream Parlour, John o’Groats – Overlooking the main car park at John o’Groats ‘Flavours’ sells the fabulous Capaldi’s ice cream in a variety of stunning flavours as well as specialty drinks and confectionery.
Castletown Butchers, Castletown – Situated in the village of Castletown on the way to Thurso Castletown Butchers a range of local quality meat products and groceries.
We do hope you will come and stay at our cottage in Caithness!
The A9 / A99 are the main routes in and out of Caithness and provide some spectacular scenery along the North East coast all the way from Inverness to Wick via John o’Groats. The journey time from Inverness to North Winds can vary from 2.5 to 3 hours.
Take the A99 north and continue to John o’Groats, on entering the village and passing the John o’Groats Post Office take the first road on your left A836 to Thurso (directly opposite the Seaview Hotel). You should continue on this road for another 5 minutes, pass by the areas of Huna and Canisbay. On entering Gills, drive past the junction for the Gills Ferry Terminal and take the first turning on the left (located by a red phone box and bus stop). North Winds is then located on your left hand side at the end of this single track road, take the first entrance into the property.
Driving time to North Winds is approximately 5 minutes from John o’Groats and 20 minutes from Wick.
If you decide to take the A9 from Latheron to Thurso please then take the A836 to John o’Groats and continue driving through the following small villages: Castletown, Dunnet and Mey. On entering the small village of Gills (just after the village of Mey) take a right turn onto a small single track road located by a red phone box and bus stop. North Winds is then located on your left hand side at the end of this single track road, take the first entrance into the property.
Driving time to North Winds is approximately 20 minutes from Thurso.