2 Mayfield Cottages ref: UK5895

Weydale, near Thurso, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Sea View 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


2 Mayfield Cottages is a traditional croft cottage, set in open countryside and enjoying superb views to Dunnet Head, the most northerly promontory on the British Isles. The cottage has been extended over the years and now provides bright, modern accommodation for up to 5 guests. Most of the accommodation is on the ground floor and the cottage door opens onto a hallway. At the far end is the living room with a deep leather corner sofa, and patio doors lead out to a conservatory with further comfortable seating. The large picture windows and pretty conservatory look out over the garden to the dramatic cliffs of Dunnet Head on the far north coast, with the Orkney Isles clearly visible. Along the hallway there is a double bedroom and a single bedroom. The modern kitchen/dining room is well-equipped and French doors lead out from the kitchen to the lawned gardens beyond, making the room light and bright. There is also family-sized shower room on the ground floor and stairs lead up from the kitchen to the first floor bedroom with combed ceilings, so some restricted head room.

The gardens are a real feature of the property, and surrounded by beautifully maintained dry stone walling, with lawned areas. The owners have cleverly incorporated the old sheep-shearing walls, planting the thick stone walls with a variety of small plants and flowers, creating a unique and attractive garden area that enjoys truly spectacular views across to Dunnet Head and the Orkney Isles. The superb wide, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, small bays and variety of villages all add to the magic of this distinctive and unexplored part of Scotland. The area is renowned for its bird and sea life with puffins, great skua, otters, seals, dolphins and whales all seen in and around the coast. A superb boat trip runs from John O’ Groats to encounter the sea life close to hand and to explore this fascinating coastline from a different perspective. The town of Thurso, just over 2 miles away, is steeped in history, built by the Vikings and added to over the centuries it now offers visitors a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. The Caithness Horizons Visitor Centre is well worth a visit. Local facilities also include a swimming pool, leisure centre, cinema, boating lake, quad biking, sailing and a good selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants, as well as a wide variety of sports and activities close by. The renowned surfing beach at Dunnet, 4 miles, is host to the world championship surfing competition. There are many excellent golf courses in the region, together with horse riding, fishing, sailing and cycling - the cottage is situated on a cycle route and the quiet local roads and trails are ideal for this. Dunnet Forest also has miles of horse riding and off-road mountain bike trails for all ages and abilities. Return to 2 Mayfield Cottages at the end of the day and enjoy the spectacular sunset over the sea from its cosy conservatory. Beach 3 miles. Shop and pub 2 miles, restaurant 2½ miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With 40" Freesat TV, DVD player and patio doors leading to...
Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and French doors leading to garden.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With single bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 3: With double bed.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.


Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    2 miles
  • Distance
    2 miles
  • Restaurant
    2½ miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    2 miles
  • Railway station distance
    3 miles
  • Lake
    3 miles (beach)

About the local area

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes that will make a lasting impression, from the remote rock-hewn wilderness of far north west Sutherland to the green rolling coastal lands by the Cromarty Firth. Wherever you travel you're surrounded by some of the most outstanding remote natural beauty in Scotland.

The Highlands is not only blessed with wonderful countryside, there are also miles of dramatic coastline, with quiet pristine sandy beaches, picturesque sea lochs and a scattering of pretty coastal villages close to clear turquoise waters. This is a place to really enjoy `The Great Outdoors', with plenty of activities from mountain climbing and white water rafting to gentle family walks and mountain biking for all abilities.

This part of the British Isles is also a great place to see wildlife; unsurprisingly wildlife flourishes in this great wilderness and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about on land and sea - take one of the many boat trips on offer for close encounters with seals, whales and dolphins or simply get out into the glens, hills and forests to see eagles, deer and maybe even the elusive pine martin to name but a few.

For a holiday at a more leisurely pace visit the region's many historical sites, ancient castles, stately homes and fascinating museums, learn about the Highlands rich history and culture, its clans and conflicts, the tragedy of the Highland Clearances and its role in the Jacobite risings.

Summer visitors to the Highlands (mostly July and August) may not want to miss the annual Highland Games, which are held across the Highlands and are a unique spectacle of athletic, dancing and piping events which should not be missed!

Things to do nearby

Displays about wildlife, history, geology and the cultural heritage of Assynt. Live pictures of a Herons nest and information on the North West Highlands Geopark. Tel: 01571 844194

Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park
Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park

Great if you love animals, birds and the countryside. Here you can feed the ducks, geese and swans around the ponds or visit the friendly goats, pigs and rare sheep. Tel: 01463 731656

Loch Ewe Distillery

Loch Ewe is the smallest distillery in Scotland reliving the romance of making Uisge Beatha in a case. Learn how to distill whisky using 18th century methods. Tel: 01445 731242

Dingwall Museum

Highland town museum showing history of Dingwall, outstanding military room, re-constructed kitchen and smiddy. Outdoor area and picnic tables. Free entry! Tel: 01349 865366

Brora Heritage Centre

Visitor centre with hands on guides to the rich heritage, archaeology and artefacts of the beautiful village of Brora. Tel: 01349 886606

Boats N Paddles

Safe and memorable outdoor experiences including hill walking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and gorge walking. Tel: 0333 600 6008

Glen Ord Distillery Visitors Centre and Whisky Shop

Take a tour around the closest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt. There is also an excellent selection of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. Tel: 01463 872004

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dating back to 1400 this castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver and family portraits. Informative falconry displays available every Monday and Saturday. Tel: 01408 633177

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Explore the nature reserve just one mile from Inverness! Take a walk, watch the herons fishing, birdlife on the mudflats and even Roe Deers or the Moray Firth Dolphins!? Tel: 07795 253 727

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Over 600 hectares of reserve home to a whole range of internationally important habitats and animal species.

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