Things to Do
There are a number of attractions in the local area depending on whether you are a keen walker, cyclist, fishing enthusiast, climber, bird watcher or seasoned traveller. Many of our guests are now travelling on the famous North Coast 500 route and we are well placed on this route for you to stop for a day or two to enjoy the area and its attractions.
Take the ferry across to Orkney on a day trip or stay a few days to explore and Castle Arms Hotel is ideally situated as a base to explore from, being only two miles from the Gills Bay ferry terminal, 7 miles from John O' Groats or even 16 miles from the ferry terminal at Scrabster.
There is something for everyone in Caithness with an abundance of seabirds and other wildlife to study and many coves and small harbours to explore. For those of a more energetic nature there is sea fishing, pony trekking or golf. There have been recent sightings of orcas in the Pentland Firth so you may get lucky and spot them.
Other attractions are the nearby Castle of Mey, which is open every Wednesday and Thursday in April 2019 from 11am to 3pm, then every day from 1st. May until 30th. September, but will be closed from 24th. July until 5th. August, Gills Bay, Dunnet Head - the most northerly point of mainland Britain, Reay, Mary-Ann's Cottage, Dunnet Kirk, The Ranger Centre, Olrig Kirk and the Flagstone Heritage Trail. Keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.
For those of an adventurous nature perhaps you may fancy trying the high ropes course at Gills Bay nearby. Further suggestions can be found by visiting Graham Grieve's blog myvoyagescotland . Thaks to Graham for the link.
Below are recent photos taken on Orkney - the first the Ring of Brodgar and the second the stones of Stenness. Well worth a visit.