Gladstone Cottage in Castletown, Northern Highlands

What to Expect

Gladstone Cottage in Castletown is a short walk from the beach and has a beautifully maintained lawned garden.

A spacious cottage, ideal for couples and their pooch, it is the perfect base to explore the historic county of Caithness and even take a trip to the Orkney Isles.

Perfect for walking or fishing holidays, or for a day pottering around the local town with lunch or dinner in the cottage’s delightful garden.

At A Glance


About Gladstone Cottage

Gladstone Cottage in Castletown is a ground floor apartment with high ceilings, original wooden shutters and a well-maintained cottage garden.

Comfortably sleeping two, it is light and airy with a dressing room with a walk-in shower, a fully-equipped kitchen and access to both the garden and an additional grassed area just for dogs where they can run off some energy.

A dog bed is provided, meaning everyone gets a good night’s sleep.

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Things To Do in Castletown, Nr Thurso

Castletown’s historic tidal harbour is found at one end of Dunnet Beach which stretches in an arc shape to the village of the same name. A secluded beach, perfect for long walks and a run with your dog, it is rarely busy but is well-known locally as an excellent place to beachcomb, surf or just take a walk.

Castlehill Heritage Centre in the town has an interesting exhibition showing aspects of local history and holds regular events and talks which are open to the public.

The Castle of Mey is only 8 miles from the cottage and is known as the Queen Mother’s Home in Scotland. The castle is open for garden visits, to visit the castle itself and also to explore the walled garden. It has a tea room which sells honey made by bees at the castle and chutneys and jams produced with fruit from the castle gardens – perfect to take back to the cottage for breakfast.

The castle also has an animal centre with sheep, a donkey, rabbits and chipmunks for those visiting with young children. Dogs are welcome in the grounds and gardens of the castle.

Enjoy a day out in Thurso, Scotland’s most northerly town. Visit Old St Peter’s Church to see some of the town’s medieval history in a modern setting or make an even bigger day out of your visit here by taking the Scrabster Stromness ferry which sails hourly to the Orkney Isles.

Islands of contrasts, the Orkney Isles offer fresh salty sea air, dramatic coastlines, harbour towns and pretty bays as well as Neolithic monuments.

For a truly memorable, once in a lifetime experience, see the Northern Lights. At certain times of the year, normally in autumn and winter when the sky is darker and offers greater contrast, the Aurora Borealis is visible.

Scotland is often overlooked as a Northern Lights destination in favour of Norway, Iceland and Finland, and as such the Highlands offer a spot to see them without the crowds.

Our Thoughts

Gladstone Cottage is the perfect choice for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to enjoy secluded beaches, pretty towns and breathe in fresh, salty sea air.

The contrasts of the Orkney Isles, the chance to see the Northern Lights and to take a ferry ride are just some of the ways to enjoy the slower pace of life in this part of Scotland.

The cottage offers a relaxing, spacious base with a wonderful garden in an area that has little traffic so enjoying a day out exploring the area is completely stress free.

Dogs are more than welcome at the cottage and the local beach which has four miles of sand is a brilliant spot for stretching everyone’s legs and working up an appetite for food in the local pub, just 200 yards away.
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Our Rating

Comfort and Equipment 96%
Location 94%
Cleanliness 98%
Value for money 97%

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