Thurso CastleThurso, Caithness

Telephone Code (+44) 1847 from outwith Britain  

From within Britain 01847

Picture:- Thurso Castle with Lady Janet's seat in the background.  Thurso East (where the castle is) is renowned for its good surfing and championships are often held here.

Thurso is a fairly small town with just about everything you need - it has to have everything, the nearest city is Inverness and it is over 100 miles away!  There is a hospital, doctors surgeries, laundry facilities, a camping site, hotels, supermarkets, etc. 

Scrabster is just a mile away and from there you can catch a car ferry to Orkney.   There are also Orkney ferries from John O'Groats (foot ferry) and Gills Bay (car ferry), Pentland Ferries.

Thurso is famous for the Surfing Championships held here and for being being the birth place of Sir William Smith, founder of the Boys Brigade.

Bed and Breakfast Other  
Waterside House Commercial Bar  
Seaview Farmhouse Newmarket Bar  
Scrabster View J & JS Horne Delicatessan  
Tigh na Abhainn Wm Mackay Butchers  
Valley View - Murkle Surf 'n' Skate  
Hotel/Bar/Accommodation Continental Trust Bank Ltd  
Central Hotel Alacam - Electrical  
Castle Arms - Mey Ross Taxis and Tours  
St Clair Hotel - Thurso Violins Etc  
The Ulbster Arms Hotel - Halkirk Health and Beauty Thurso  
St Clair Arms Hotel - Castletown Jektec Computer Services
You can advertise here from as little as 30 per year!  Email Scotland Index

Aurora Borealis

This photograph was taken near Thurso.  This was the most impressive show that I have ever seen!

They say that it is the activity on the surface of the sun that causes this display - whatever it is, it is some show!

Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights
Bowling Club - Flat Green
Open from 9.30am to 10pm every day.

Visitors must be bowlers - 1.00 charge

Thurso Bowling Green
Bowling - Ten Pin

Telephone:  01847 895050

Opening Hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday:  11.45am to 11.45pm
  • Friday: 11.45am to  1.30am
  • Saturday: 11.00am to 1.00am
Ten Pin Bowling
Boating Pond, Crazy Golf, Trampoline and River Walk
Go down the steps from the main bridge in Thurso and you will find a river walk complete with activities!  Bars, climbing frames, etc., are stationed all along the walk.  You will also find the boating pond and other activities at the side of the river.

Open: 11.00am to 6.00pm

Thurso Boating Pond
Forss Mill

About six miles out of Thurso on the West road toward Reay, Bettyhill and Tongue.

This beautiful mill is very picturesque.

Forss Mill
Thurso Golf Course
18 Hole course, 5,853 yards.  This course can be found about a mile from Thurso.  It is the most northerly course in mainland Britain.  

Thurso Golf Course, Newlands of Geese, Thurso.  For more information.

Telephone: 01847 893807

All Star Factory Cinema

Telephone:  01847 890890

The Bowling Alley now has a cinema as part of the leisure complex.  Bar, Restaurant, Children's play area and games room.

Holborn Head - Clett Rock

This is a lovely refreshing walk.  Be careful not to go too near the edge though!  On this walk, you will not only see the Clett but, the blow-holes where on a stormy day the spray will be forced up through the hole and make you wet!  So be warned!


Clett Rock
Thurso Library
Opening Hours:
  • Monday - 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Tuesday - 10.00am to 8.00pm
  • Wednesday - 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Thursday - 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Friday - 10.00am to 8.00pm
  • Saturday - 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Telephone:  01847 893237

Telephone: 01847 893237 or E-mail the library.


Thurso Library
Thurso Museum
Selection of items depicting how we used to live - including a croft room - the Ulbster Stone, old photographs and a Fossil section.  

Open June to September, 10.00am to 12.00am and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  Monday to Saturday.


Thurso Museum
Old St Peter's Kirk
 The ruins of Old St. Peter's Church can still be seen in the old part of Thurso.  It was the chapel of the Bishop of Caithness when he was at his summer residence at Scrabster.  It was later used as the Parish Church.

There are many stories about Old St. Peter's.  For example in 1654 there are records of a witch known as Graycoat.  She was held in the tower of Old St. Peter's.  The story is that a Thurso man, having trouble with his whisky fermentation, noticed a cat that often appeared and dipped its paw into the whisky barrel.  Being sure that this was in fact witch-craft he scythed off the cat's paw.  When the tub was drained the only thing found in the bottom was a human hand.  Meanwhile Graycoat appeared with a bandaged hand and was summoned before the Kirk Session in Old St. Peter's!

Old St Peters


St Mary's Chapel, Crosskirk

St Mary's was a small chapel build in the 12th century.  It had a knave and chancel and the knave is all that remains.  The chancel was built over at a later date.  A burial enclosure is now in its place.

Geocache hidden near here!

Saint Mary's Chapel - Crosskirk
Scrabster Fayre

Scrabster Fayre is held every year in June.  Apart from Pipers Piping, and Dancers Dancing, you will be able to browse the stalls, look around the lifeboat and fire engine, etc.  Lots to see and do!


Continental Trust Bank Limited

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