Keith House ref: UK5886

Thurso, Northern Highlands

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  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Keith House is a substantial, three-storey, semi-detached, stone town house built in the 1800’s. It occupies a prominent position in the heart of the historic town of Thurso and was originally built for the Keith family. This characterful house has been extended, adapted and updated over the centuries. Straddling three floors, with two separate entrances on different streets, it oozes charm and character whilst providing modern amenities and facilities. The house proffers a feeling of spaciousness and elegance, with plenty of original features throughout. The main staircase is simply stunning, with polished wood banisters and spindles curving up through the heart of the building.

Stairs from the main entrance door lead up to the spacious living room on the first floor. This is divided into two areas by a large pillar, and deep and comfortable sofas and chairs provide plenty of seating. There is a second smaller living room on the same floor with a television and further seating. There is a beautifully presented, large double bedroom on this floor, as well as a bathroom and separate shower room. The staircase winds its way up to the top floor, which at one time would have been the servants quarters. Here there are two twin bedrooms (some restricted head room as combed ceilings).

The kitchen/dining room is on the ground floor, accessed by a separate staircase from the main living room. This bright and spacious family-sized kitchen was originally the stables for the house. French doors lead out from here to a delightful and secluded courtyard. With cobble stones, mature shrubs, herbs and flowers, it is a real feature of the property and provides an ideal spot to sit and enjoy a glass or two of wine whilst planning the next day’s excursion. An archway leads out to a side road with access to local parking which is free at all times.

Keith House is located in the centre of Thurso, a town steeped in history. Built by the Vikings and added onto over the centuries, many of the buildings date back to the 18th and early 19th centuries, at the height of the herring fishing industry. It now offers visitors a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. There are excellent facilities right on the doorstep, including restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. Local facilities also include a swimming pool, leisure centre, cinema, boating lake, quad biking and sailing. There are lovely riverside walks direct from the house, and the nearby harbour is also worth exploring. There is a wide variety of sports and activities in the region. The renowned surfing beach of Thurso is just a short walk away, whilst Dunnet beach, with its high sand dunes and spectacular beach, is well worth a visit. There are many excellent golf courses in the region, together with horse riding, fishing, sailing and cycling. Beach 200 yards. Shop 100 yards, pub 30 yards and restaurant 50 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Kitchen/dining room: With double electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and French doors leading to courtyard.

First floor

Living room 1: With 40" Freeview TV and DVD player.
Living room 2: With 2 electric coal-effect fires.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bathroom: With bath, toilet and bidet.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Second floor

Restricted head room throughout.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.

Third floor

Fourth floor


Economy 7 heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.


Enclosed courtyard with garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: There are 4 steps in the courtyard.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    100 yards
  • Distance
  • Restaurant
    50 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    30 yards
  • Railway station distance
    300 yards
  • Lake
    200 yards (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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