North Winds Modern Self-Catering Accommodation
From $528 / week
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
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 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 5 minutes drive away and the historic Castle of Mey (Queen Mother's former residence) is also around 5 minutes drive away and we are literally only a few minutes away from the Gills Bay Car and Passenger Ferry.
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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.
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 Dunnet Beach 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 Gills Bay 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.
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Car is not necessary