Keepers Cottage - Altnabreac, Thurso

Code: KE21HI

Holiday property description

Keepers Cottage provides a luxury bothy style cottage which has been modernised to an excellent standard. Set in one of the most wonderfully wild areas of Scotland it provides a truly enchanting wilderness destination.   The nearest corner shop is approximately fifteen miles away and access to the cottage is along six miles of forest roads; alternatively, you can catch a train to the request Halt at Altnabreach Station (450m), one of the most remote and little used stations in Britain.  The scenery is startling and opportunities for outdoor pursuits are almost endless be it walking, mountain biking, fishing and of course enjoying the superb flora and fauna of this wild area.

 While you could spend a week at this cottage taking walks every day and not crossing the same path twice there is still good access to the other special sites and scenes in this fantastic area.   John O'Groats is close by with ferry links to Orkney making day trips to the islands possible. While just along the coast is Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of Britain, which with its superb sandy beach is a Mecca for surfing.   If more gentle pursuits are needed then the late Queen Mother's summer retreat at Castle of Mey should not to be missed together with the awesome Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. This impregnable medieval stronghold is the most spectacular ruin in the North of Scotland and the only castle in Scotland to be listed by the World Monuments Fund.  

 Wildlife abounds throughout the area both on your doorstep at the cottage or indeed along the rugged coast line which varies from superb sandy beaches such as Dunnet Bay or Melich Bay together with rugged coastal cliff walks.   The cliff walks are worth investigating to savour the sights of puffins and kittiwakes together with the chance to see whales, dolphin and porpoises.   With the coastline so near and together with the lochs and burns closer to the cottage water sports and angling are superbly catered for and brown trout fishing is available on the owner's loch, Loch Dhu.  

 Keepers Cottage makes a superb holiday location from which to explore the local heritage of the area including the quaint busy fishing towns of Thurso and Wick as well as seeing the great outdoors of Scotland at its best.  

Postcode: KW12 6UR
Security Deposit £150

Short breaks are welcome throughout the year 

Accommodation for 2on one floor:   Open plan Sitting room/Dining room/Kitchen; 1 Twin room; Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin; Cloakroom. 

Services: Heating and electricity included (oil fired and generator) * Oil fired range cooker * Bed linen and towels included * Fridge * Microwave * Mobile reception * TV * Parking * Garden * Garden furniture * Bicycle storage * Pets Welcome   

 EXTRAS: £20 per dog/week.  

NOTE: Private water supply 

Keepers Cottage may be booked in conjunction with nearby  

Badnaheen cottage (BA21HI) which sleeps 4 

Station Cottage (ST01HI) which sleeps 6 





How to find us

Keepers Cottage
Altnabreac, Thurso
KW12 6UR

Keepers Cottage - Altnabreac, Thurso

Code: KE21HI

Please note that the above map is used to indicate the general location of the holiday property. As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

External Features

Sea View

Water view

Walk to Pub

Walk to Shops

Mountain View

Beach walk




Bicycle Storage



Garden Furniture

Garden Enclosed



Wheelchair Access

Internal Features

Open fire


High Chair


CD Player

DVD Player

Colour TV






Wash Machine

Bed Linen Cost Incl

Heating Cost Incl

Tumble Dryer

Sky TV



Sofa Beds 1

Single Beds 2

Double Beds 0

Showers 0

Bathrooms 1



Keepers Cottage Reviews

4 star review

This is a nicely refurbished bothy type property situated next to the river, with excellent fishing opportunities and many walks with spectacular views. The kitchen was nicely fitted out but with an old microwave and no dishes or jugs to use in it. The fridge was actually a small fridge-freezer. The main setback was the woodburning stove for heating, hot water and cooking. The wood supplied was not of the correct quality, being cut up fenceposts and offcuts of kitchen units, etc., and the stove was therefore difficult to control. However, after having spoken to the housekeeper, who has advised the owner, I believe these problems will be rectified quickly. The separate bedroom was nice and cosy, and the settees in the living area were hard to get out of! Certainly not a place for the faint-hearted - extremely remote, no mobile phone signal. We would go back again and the dogs thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Beware of midges and ticks!!
Great to hear that your dogs had a thoroughly enjoyable time and do hope that you will be able to bring them back to enjoy it all again.  The kitchen inventory items and garden have been raised with the owner and will be updated/checked as needed, stove will be investigated to make sure all is working properly.  While it is a wilderness it is one not to miss to enjoy the vast sky, with the owners quite close by (400m) with other cottages for Wild Caithness it has quite a lot of people about, the phone will work in isolated places but you in the "wilderness" you probably should leave it at home.
10 months ago
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2 star review

We had a lot of problems,The generator broke down and when that happens the water goes down as well.
But to be fair BRUCE who live in the station house at Altnabreac was our saviour.(Bruce) worked days and night to get us running,we were also offered another property along the road.we decided to stay.well done Bruce he saved the day.
Many thanks for your comments. We're sorry to learn of the problems you experienced and will contact the owner to ensure they have been resolved.
Mr O'Malley
11 months ago
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