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Explore Dunnet Bay

Stay with us to enjoy the breath taking sunrises and sunsets, the sounds of crashing waves, the bird life, sea life (Orcas & Porpoises) and not forgetting the Aurora Borreallis which is spectacular!!

Discover more…

So you are in Caithness and want to submerge yourself if all things local. Here we have showcased a few wonderful places to visit when you stay with us.

If you have any questions please just ask us and we will be happy to help.


Castle of Mey

This stunning castle with a lovely Visitor Centre and beautiful gardens was the home of the Queen’s mother and is well worth a visit when staying with us.

Above & Beyond Tours

Take a fabulous local tour with ‘Above & Beyond’ whilst staying at Dunnet Bay Escapes. We know you will absolutely love it. They offer Driving Tours, Walking Tours, Distillery Tours, Heritage Tours, Health & Wellbeing Tours and now they are working in collaboration with our local surf school they offer a Surf ‘n’ Turf Luxury Tour.
Check out their website here:  


Spectacular Beaches

The North of Scotland is famous for it’s wild and remote beaches. All of which are great for Walking (mindfulness / glass hunting) / wild swimming, wind surfing, Kayaking, and body boarding.

Maybe you love Gin?

On the doorstep of Dunnet Bay Escapes is the Dunnet Bay Distillery. Famous for it’s award winning Rock Rose Gin’s. It’s worth Booking in advance as it does get fairly busy with Tours.
The working distillery makes true Scottish gin and vodka.
They run regular tours around the site. Explore the distillery and learn all about how your favourite botanical flavours are infused. And take home a bottle or two to remember your day! The tours are an hour and a half long – it’s a great, inexpensive way to learn something new and explore the creation of some of the nation’s favourite drinks.


Dunnet Head

While staying at Dunnet Bay Escapes you must visit the Dunnet Head Lighthouse, the most northerly point of mainland Scotland.
It’s a great place for watching Puffins.

Dunnet Forest

Explore the peaceful Dunnet Forest community woodland area.
Dunnet Forest is a community woodland area, originally planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1950s and now managed by Scottish National Heritage. It is a fantastic place to explore, with a range of different zones, walking paths, cycle routes and outdoor activities on offer.
So much to explore!
There are three different zones within the forest – a family zone, a quiet zone and an active zone. And a choice of walking paths of different lengths and levels, along with a horse-riding trail and a mountain-biking trail.
For those staying with us at Dunnet Bay Escapes we are only 5 minutes from the woodland.

Caithness has some of the prettiest and inquisitive Highland Cows in Scotland!

We think they just love getting spoilt and photographed as they will come to see you if you get out your car to talk to them. Just be careful as these are wild beasts with sharp horns so don’t get too close!

Orca and Porpoises in Caithness

If you love to watch for dolphins, whales and porpoises then you will love staying at Dunnet Bay Escapes. All along our north coastline is a haven for spotting these majestic mammals. If you need more information then check out the Sea Watch Foundation website here:

Mary Anne’s Cottage Museum

Mary Ann Calder lived in this simple cottage until she was 93, and after her departure to a nursing home, it was preserved and opened to the public as a museum, an example of a traditional Caithness crofter’s cottage.
Over the course of 3 generations, the lifestyle of those living in the cottage changed little, and that lifestyle is brought home in this wonderful museum. It is like a time-capsule, a look back over 150 years of traditional life in the very north of Scotland.