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Main Street

Dunnet, 

Caithness, 


KW14 8XD,  Scotland
The family-run Northern Sands Hotel is situated in the centre of Dunnet village, and is ideally placed for a holiday in Caithness, near by is the Queen Mother's former residence The Castle of Mey, John O'Groats and mainland Britains most northerly point Dunnet Head. Close by are ferry ports to Orkney.Easily accessible by road, rail - into Thurso or air - into Wick it is 674 miles from London and is just 4 miles from Britain's most northerly mainland point, Dunnet Head.
  • Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Bar
  • Close to stunning beach
  • Free parking
  • Ideal for Orkney Ferries
  • Close to Castle of Mey
  • Walking
  • Close to Dunnet Forest
  • Bird watching
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Guest Reviews
Guest reviews for Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet are provided by real guests who have actually stayed at the property.
Rooms:
3.8
Value:
4.0
Friendliness:
4.5
Cleanliness:
4.3
Facilities:
3.8
Staff service:
4.4
Location:
4.4
Breakfast:
4.5
Guest Rating: 4.2
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brian
Mature Couple
Stayed: Jun '14
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
4
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
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Likes:
Tina took very good care of us-checkin-dinner and breakfast the following morning--thank you Tina
Dislikes:
None
Guest Review for Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet
Roy
Mature Couple
Stayed: Apr '14
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
4
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"Would reccomend The Northern Sands Hotel to everyone"
We chose The Northern Sands Hotel to stay in to celebrate a special birthday. Our evening meal was excellent as was our breakfast and the staff were efficient and friendly. It is set in a beautiful… Read more
"Would reccomend The Northern Sands Hotel to everyone"
We chose The Northern Sands Hotel to stay in to celebrate a special birthday. Our evening meal was excellent as was our breakfast and the staff were efficient and friendly. It is set in a beautiful location and we wouldn't hesitate to go there again. Read less
Likes:
Location, atmosphere and food
Dislikes:
Our only oomplaint/observation was that the bathroom door didn't catch shut let alone lock and there wasn't a shelf or hook for things.
Response from Northern Sands Hotel:
Thank you for your kind comments we are happy you enjoyed your stay and we will look forward to seeing you again in the future. We will check on your comments regarding the bathroom and act on them accordingly.
Guest Review for Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet
Alastair
Mature Couple
Stayed: May '14
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
3
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
3
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"Warm welcome and excellent dinner at Norhern Sands"
Premises a little shabby in some areas, but this was more than compensated for by the excellent dinner. The Dunnet burger is legendary, and the beef was good too - as was breakfast… Read more
"Warm welcome and excellent dinner at Norhern Sands"
Premises a little shabby in some areas, but this was more than compensated for by the excellent dinner. The Dunnet burger is legendary, and the beef was good too - as was breakfast Read less
Likes:
Friendly staff, excellent food and stunning location, close to beatiful sandy beach and amazing views. Also the fact that dogs are accepted and the hotel is close to ferry terminal at Gills Bay
Dislikes:
None
Response from Northern Sands Hotel:
We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the hospitality. Their are some areas of the hotel we are still working on and we appreciate any comments which may help to improve the stay of future guests. We hope to see you again in the near future.
Guest Review for Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet
More Information
3 Stars Self Assessed Hotel
Parking
On-site parking, Free parking
Types of Payment Accepted at Northern Sands Hotel
Cash (Sterling), Cash (Euro), Credit card, Debit card, Cheque
Payment Cards accepted at the property
American Express Master Card Maestro Visa Visa Electron 
Check-in: 2:00 PM till 10:00 PM
Early check-in available on request.
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Late check-out available on request
Policies
Children Policy: No preference
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pet Policy: Dogs
Cancellation Policy
Booking Terms and Conditions
Accessibility
Languages Spoken
English
Our restaurant is has a reputation from both near and far away for producing delicious meals to the highest standard using localy sourced produce noteably local Caithness beef and lamb and the freshest of seafood. We have a very extensive menu which caters for all tastes and our high teas with our own fresh baking is to die for.
Our cosy and friendly lounge and public bars are the ideal place to relax and have a nice hot or cold drink after your day exploring.

Our comfortable rooms are all en-suite with tea and coffee facilities and decorated to a high standard. All rooms have flat screen t.v. with freeview. Wireless internet is also available.
The renown beach with sand dunes at Dunnet - some 2 miles long - rarely has more than a handful of people on it, it’s unlikely that you could want for more area of beach per head anywhere in the UK. It is a wonderful safe beach for children to play in, surfers, sand yachting, etc. or simply to watch the sun as it sinks down in the evening.
Also close by is Dunnet Forest with well trodden paths and professionally maintained trails, it is a great place for a meandering walk and is frequented by dog walkers from miles around. Children love the forest for it’s many hidey-holes and it’s abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna.

However if you want breathtaking then walk or drive up to Dunnet Head - the most northerly point on the UK mainland. There are superb views and a plethora of bird life. On a clear day you will have a fine view over The Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands in the north and the breathtaking hills of Sutherland to the west.
We are situated close by the main car ferries to the Orkney Isles at Scrabster and Gills Bay and the short sea passenger only ferry at |John O'Groats being in a prime location to take in a day excurtion or longer visit to the Orkney Isles.
Style of property
Comfortable, Homely, Rustic, Secluded, Traditional
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