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Caravan Club Site
This is a good place for those who like a slower pace of life: you can look out over clean washed sands to Dunnet Head, the northernmost point of the mainland of Britain. Throughout the summer months watersports are popular and the Highland rangers run activities and walks from their centre at the beach.
Take a day trip to Orkney from John O’Groats, Gill’s Bay or Scrabster, and island-hop the string of islands by boat and coach. The area is steeped in history, with many archaeological sites ranging from ancient brochs to standing stones. Anglers are spoilt for choice with sea fishing by boat from Scrabster, fishing from the beach or freshwater fishing nearby.
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Dunnet Bay Local attractions
• Castle of Mey The Castle of Mey was the property of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996. The castle is situated on the north coast of Caithness and stands on rising ground about 400 yards from the seashore, overlooking the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands. 01847 851473
• RSPB Forsinard Reserve Peatlands have vanished across much of Scotland, but the RSPB is helping to preserve this internationally important habitat. Summer is the time to come, when golden plovers, hen harriers and greenshanks breed.
01641 571225 www.rspb.org.uk
• Orkney Take a day trip to Orkney from John ‘O’ Groats. The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney from its first settlers in the Stone Age to AD1800. It is set in Tankerness House, which dates from 1574.
01856 873191 www.orkney.gov.uk
• Pulteney Distillery Company You will be taken on a voyage of discovery, a journey back in time to discover the history and art of Scotch whisky making. To avoid disappointment, please book in advance.
01955 602371 www.inverhouse.com
• Mary-Ann’s Cottage A window on the Crofting Past. Mary-Ann’s Croft has been preserved to show what crofting life was like.
• Skara Brae The best-preserved group of Stone Age houses in Western Europe. The houses contain stone furniture, hearths and drains and give a remarkable picture of life in Neolithic times.
01856 841815 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
• Skaill House A unique insight into Orkney history. This important 17th Century mansion house was built in 1620 for Bishop Graham and renovated and opened to the public by the present Laird in 1997. 01856 841501 www.skaillhouse.co.uk
• Caithness Seacoast Operating out of Wick Harbour, you can take a tour of the east coast in a RIB boat. With a variety of routes available you will see everthing from castles, sea caves and wildlife. 01955 609200 www.caithness-seacoast.co.uk
• Cycling The nearest National Cycle Network route to this site is Dover to Shetland, Route 1, OS ref ND205680.
• Walking Walk for miles along the beautiful beach. Climb Dunnet Head - or drive to the summit, for magnificent views over the Pentland Firth to Orkney and a great part of the north coast as far as Ben Loyal and Ben Hope. Visit the Highland Council Seadrift Centre (above the site office), where the Ranger organises guided walks in Caithness and Sutherland.
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General site information Reception Services
Site shop Open at the same times as Reception: 9am - 11am and 4pm - 6pm. The shop sells Aqua Kem, Aqua Rinse, Gas, ice cream and a few essentials. Fly Fishing tickets are sold in Reception.
Information room Open at all times. Leaflets are available about the many attractions and places of interest that you can visit during your stay.
Mobile & public telephones Network coverage may be limited. Public telephone – the nearest public telephone is in Dunnet village.
Electric Hook-up The costs of electricity are included in your pitch fee, but please help us minimise our effect on the environment by considering your electricity use while on site. Also any saving could help to reduce pitch fees or help towards investments in new sites or redevelopments.
Pitches Pitch care Please lift awning ground sheet daily (Native wild grassland area on site). Some pitches require levelling blocks.
Motorhomes If your pitch is left unoccupied, please leave your motorhome sign on display.
Vacating your pitch If you wish to stay after 12 noon on your day of departure, please ask at the reception.
Barbecues These are allowed on site but open fires are not. Please keep barbecues off the grass.
TV reception As part of the Digital Switchover, this region has now had its analogue television signal switched off. In order to watch television on site you will need an Integrated Digital TV (IDTV) or a digital receiver, and you will need an aerial. For more information visit www.digitaluk.co.uk.
their speed should not exceed walking pace (5mph). No cycling is permitted on site between the hours of dusk and dawn, as determined by the Wardens. Any one- way system signs should be observed by all vehicles and cycles. Foot pedalled cycles, scooters and skateboards can be used, but are not allowed on the paved area around toilet blocks and communal areas and must not be ridden on footpaths. Please note that motorised mobility scooters are allowed on site, but children’s motorised scooters or skateboards are not.
Pets Please keep your dog on a lead not exceeding 3 metres at all times on the pitching areas and roads within the site, and clean up after them. There is a dog walk off-site nearby.
Fire point Rotate bell to activate alarm/warning. Located at all service points, dish washing area and reception. The fire assembly point is to the rear of the motorhome service point.
Visitors Please ask your visitors to make themselves known at Reception when arriving at the site. If you are expecting visitors after hours, please meet them at Reception.
Site Facilities Please see the Site map for locations of amenity blocks.
Toilets and showers The toilet blocks are closed in the morning for cleaning between 11:00am - 12 noon. Please ensure that children are supervised by an adult at all times.
Laundry Open at all times. Prices for the use of the laundry facilities are: Washing machine £4.00, Tumble drier £1.00, Rinse & Spin £1.00 per 15min cycle. A washing sink is also available. Please do not hang washing lines between outfit and fence.
Recycling facilities Mixed recycling by the dishwashing area.
Equipment cleaning Please use the Motor Caravan Service Point near the site entrance for washing down bikes, surfboards, wet-suits, boots, dogs etc, not the Service Points.
Tell us what you think… If you have any comments or suggestions that could help us to improve this Site, please put them in our Visitors’ Comments Book. And if you discover a local pub or restaurant or an interesting place to go, tell us about that too!
Site address: Dunnet, Thurso, KW14 8XD Telephone: 01847 821319
Safety on Site
Vehicles and cycles Parents are reminded that children remain their responsibility and therefore they should be supervised at all times, and to ensure that all members of their party follow the principles of road safety. Motor vehicles and bicycles on site should, at all times, be used with due regard to the safety and convenience of others and
Close by Supermarkets The nearest shops are in Castletown village, three miles towards Thurso. There are supermarkets in Thurso and Wick.
Cinema In Thurso.
Swimming pool In Thurso.
Tourist Information Centre In Thurso.
Public transport There is a bus service which runs past the site to Thurso and John O’Groats. The nearest train station is in Thurso.
Places of Worship These are listed on the Information Board.
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