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The Pentland Hotel Thurso is the perfect place to stay for anyone looking to explore the beautiful surroundings of Thurso, Scotland. The hotel has a wonderful location right on the banks of the River Thurso and in close proximity to many outdoor activities such as fishing, walking and cycling. There are also plenty of attractions nearby including Caithness Horizons Museum, Caithness Glass Factory and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe.

The Pentland Hotel offers high-quality accommodation with spacious rooms that have all been recently refurbished. They offer an evening meal service as well as breakfast which can be ordered from reception or room service.

Rooms here come with a flat-screen cable TV, a desk, coffee and tea facilities and a view of the garden. The private bathrooms are fitted with a bath or a shower and a hairdryer. Free toiletries are provided.

Hotel Pentland also comprises meeting facilities. A 24-hour front desk and a tour desk can be found on site. Surfing and kayaking opportunities can be found in the surrounding area.

Wick Airport is located at a distance of 13.7 miles.

The Pentland Hotel is just one mile away from Thurso town centre, which contains many restaurants for you to try! There’s also various pubs if you’re looking for a pint after your day exploring or shopping. The hotel itself has a well-stocked bar with plenty of local ales and fine whiskies to choose from.

Centrally located in the heart of Thurso, the hotel welcomes guests for food, functions, bed and breakfast or just visiting our bar for a drink.

Suitable for families and business people alike, this hotel will offer you comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome from staff. The Pentland Hotel has two lounges for conferences and a night porter available to ensure late services are accommodated to and early risers can enjoy a continental ​breakfast. Being based in the center of  Thurso offers you many opportunities to not only explore the town but also enjoy the frequent public transport to explore other parts of the county. Stay at the Pentland Hotel and allow us to ensure that you experience a pleasant and enjoyable visit to the delights of the far north of Scotland.

Dining at The Pentland Hotel,Thurso

The hotel has a large split level dining room so that smaller parties of up to 30 may enjoy extra privacy. The restaurant uses only the freshest local Caithness seafood and produce. Vegetarian choices and children’s menus are also available.

The dining room, like the rest of the hotel has been refurbished with tasteful carpeting and furnishings so that the right ambience is created for a perfect meal.

We have a selection of our menus available to view, simply select which menu you wish to view from.

The reception foyer is an attractive area where guests can relax after their meal in comfort. The focus of this room is the fireplace with its carved wooden mantel on a Caithness stone hearth. We  have free wi-fi in and around the reception area.

Alternatively, the cosy, welcoming atmosphere of the lounge bar is an area where families can sit and where light refreshments and snacks can be eaten, in the more informal surroundings.


Weddings & Celebrations, Conferences and other Functions from small events to large numbers of up to 120 seated or up to 180 for dances.

Smaller seminars and meetings can be supported with teas & coffees, finger buffets or follow up with full 3 course meals – or more.  Perhaps treat your guests to fresh seafood  landed at Scrabster or Caithness beef, a local speciality.

Whether it is your big day, or even just a small party we’ll try to accommodate your plans so just give us a ring on 01847 893202

Thurso, Scotland: 11 Things to Do

Thurso, Scotland is a beautiful coastal town with great restaurants, pubs and shops. It is the Northernmost town on the British mainland.

We have put together the 11 best things to do in Thurso so you can make the most of your visit!

1) Visit Caithness Glass

This glass museum is fascinating and has live demonstrations where visitors can watch glass blowing. There’s also an on-site café and gift shop for when you’re ready to leave.

2) Walk by the Sea

The coast in Thurso stretches for miles and there are plenty of places to stop along the way to enjoy spectacular views over the water. Start at Dunnet Head Lighthouse or walk north from Thurso Harbour towards Skelpick Farm

3) Enjoy some local seafood

Thurso has a small fishing fleet and there are lots of great seafood restaurants in town. It doesn’t get any fresher than this!

4) Visit Thurso beach

Thurso beach is a beautiful and peaceful spot for anyone who wants to have some quiet time. It’s also popular with surfers so it can get a bit lively on occasion! Thurso is famous for its rich fish beds, fish remains and scales can be found everywhere along the foreshore, the rocks are full. Fish teeth and complete fish are also found. Fossils can be found either on the foreshore platforms, cliff face or within smaller boulders.

The foreshore can be slippery and the rocks are extremely hard, so do be careful.

5) The Castle of Mey

The Castle of Mey is a must-visit for those interested in seeing some traditional Scottish architecture. It’s also one of the most picturesque places to see on your visit.

The castle was originally built as an estate house for John Carnegie, Earl of Southesk and Baron Braco, who inherited it from his father.

6) Seadrift-Dunnet Visitor Centre

Seadrift-Dunnet Visitor Centre is a Visitor Centre and base for the Highland Council Rangers with hands-on activities and exhibitions next to a wide expanse of coastline.

You will find varied displays focusing on the plants, animals, birds and dolphins of the north. Hands-on activities for children. Possibly catch sight of wild seabirds, otters and dolphins. Access to coastal, beach and forest walks and activities and information provided by the Countryside Rangers.

7) Strathy Bay

Strathy Bay is a popular beach for swimming and surfing.

The Strathy Bay Hotel has apartments which can be rented out by the day or week depending on your requirements.

It also provides excellent seafood dishes as well as traditional home-cooked food with vegetables from its own garden and fish fresh from local

8) Caithness Sea Coast

Caithness Sea Coast offers adventure trips on a Geo Explorer boat with lots to see and find out about from the informative commentary along the way.

There are seven castles to look out for plus some fantastic natural caves and stacks. There is also plenty of wildlife to see including several colonies of birds and you are also likely to spot seals along the way. If you are really lucky, you may also see dolphins and whales!

A number of lighthouses and harbours are also visible among the cliffs and beaches.

Lifejackets are provided and must be worn (including small ones for the kids), but you will need to wear warm clothes and suitable footwear.

The boat can also accommodate wheelchair users and there is a hydraulic lifting arm and harness to make it easy to get on board.

Private charters are also available for groups, parties and outings.

9) Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum

Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum tells the story of the naval anchorage in World Wars 1 and 2. Find out about the Royal Oak disaster and view the files of war-time photographs.

Audio visual displays illustrate the history of Scapa Flow, plus there are childrens activities, a gift shop and cafe.

10) Tomb of the Eagles

Tomb of the Eagles is another name for the Isbister Chambered Cairn which is a Stone Age tomb located underground and which contained lots of skulls and bones particularly of Eagles- hence the name!

The passageway into the Tomb is 70 cm wide and 85 cm high and the quickest option is to crawl along the 3 metre entrance although a trolley is also available! Once inside, the roof is 3 metres high with skylights providing light.

The walk from the Visitor Centre to the tomb, via a Bronze Age site is approximately 1 mile along a well-marked path.

In the Visitors Centre, you will find a unique hands-on experience where you can see and handle some of the original artefacts found at the sites.

During the main visitor season, there are displays and daily talks. Plus, there is a gift shop that also serves teas, coffees and ice-cream.

11) The Pier Arts Centre

The Pier Arts Centre offers permanent exhibitions and a year round programme of changing exhibitions and events for the education and enjoyment of the general public at this Arts Centre on the pier in Stromess.

Holiday Workshops and family activities are organised regularly focusing on the Pier Arts Centre collections. Places are limited on holiday workshops so booking is essential.

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