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welcome to forss house hotel, near Thurso

discover the hidden highlands

"Forss House is a gem that I’m delighted to have discovered."
Fiona Duncan, Sunday Telegraph Hotel Guru

Forss House is a traditional 1810 country house hotel delightfully hidden amid 20 acres of wonderful woodlands, below a waterfall, on a loop of the gently meandering River Forss. One of the wildest places in Britain, whatever you do under the big Caithness skies, you will have all the time, space and fresh air you need to rejuvenate your batteries. Everywhere you go, you will meet Caithness folk and discover places where people still make time for each other. And when you return, our small local team are here to welcome you back to your beautiful Scottish home

Stay with confidence

Our bedrooms are beautifully distributed between the main house and quaint lodges on the estate; many have their own entrances. Should you wish to, you can request one of these and our host will meet you outside to show you to your lovely Scottish bedroom. No kerfuffle! The best way to book at the moment is by here on our website:



Flexible bookings

We are here to take bookings and we want to reassure you that they can be made risk-free. If you feel like you need to escape for a short break to reconnect and indulge, you can make a booking and cancel if you need to; please just allow 48 hours' notice.


Each of our 14 bedrooms has recently been restored to their former, traditional glory. Beautifully furnished, the hues are restful, the bedding soft and the light exquisite. These peaceful, delightful havens are the perfect place to retreat for a deep, restorative slumber after a day's exploring. Stay in the main house for country house interiors and heartwarming comfort. Alternatively, our River House bedrooms have private entrances for a little more seclusion.

Stay just one night - or for awhile - and you'll experience genuine Highland warmth and hospitality. 

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The restaurant at Forss House has a reputation as one of the finest in the North and is the only 2AA Rosette restaurant in Caithness. Our Chefs are lucky enough to have some of the finest produce to cook with, straight from the neighbouring estates and seas that surround us.


Our restaurant

explore, beneath the big skies

You don’t just stumble across Caithness, it’s a place for life’s adventurers, one for the discoverers – the boundary pushers and the bucket listers. A turbulent past has left a legacy of legends; stay awhile and follow in the footsteps of our Pictish and Norse ancestors. Discover mind-blowing landscapes, soaring sea cliffs and deserted stretches of coastline. During the spring months, watch the colonies of puffins that flock to the clifftops.

Become an end-to-ender, and visit the northerly extremes of the UK mainland at Dunnet Head or John o’ Groats. Take a restful detour from the world-famous NC500 route, stopping with us for just a night or two, or simply a traditional Scottish supper.  

For pleasures of the simplest kind, meander along the river to the sea if you get the chance – it’s an unexpected delight.


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christmas & hogmanay in the highlands

There's no time like the present to book your end of year festivities...

Discover our spectacular festive packages today!







The House, grounds and river at Forss House provide a wonderfully wild and beguiling setting for a wedding or wedding reception. Alfresco summer ceremonies on the lawns, autumnal escapes with woodland photographs to capture the magic of your day or festive elopes with country house celebrations amidst crackling fires and the crisp scent of pine needles...weddings at Forss are nothing short of enchanting. 



rox romantic proposal hotspot

We are thrilled to have been featured in ROX online magazine as one of the top places for those looking to pop that all important question with the perfect ring. The beautiful countryside scenery & our 2 AA rosette restaurant makes Forss House Hotel the perfect setting for spending time with the love of your life. The North Coast 500 offers visitors fairytale castles, white sandy beaches & hidden gems including quaint villages & dramatic coastline - all of which you can find in the surrounding areas of Forss House. 


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the home of golf

Head to the Scotland, the home of golf, for an un-FORE-gettable stay. Forss House is close to many challenging greens. Take Reay Golf Club – the most northerly 18 hole links course on British Mainland – this breathtaking coastal course is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Then there’s Lybster. Golf has been running through the veins of Lybster for over 120 years. At just 2000 yards for its 9 holes, it’s one of the shortest golf courses in Scotland, but what it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in challenge – accurate play is a must.

golfing goodness

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2021 Editor's Choice Fishing Hotels
Forss House Hotel on Britain's Finest
AA Award for culinary excellence
Green Tourism Award