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Things to See and Do Around Caithness and the Northern Highlands

With the high seas and rugged coastline on one side and the inland forests, peatlands and mountains on the other, there is a huge array of things to see and do from Forss House. In these pages we’ve tried to highlight some of our guests favourite things; the list is endless.

Visit the Orkney Islands

Hop on a ferry and explore the wonderful Orkney Islands.

16km from the northernmost reaches of the Scottish mainland lie the beautiful Orkney Islands.

The islands offer the kind of experiences and epic natural beauty that captures hearts and minds. Whatever your weakness – culture vulture, avid adventurer, intrepid explorer, foodie, wildlife enthusiast, or historian – Orkney will quench your cravings for the unusual, the undiscovered, the once-in-a-lifetime…




Shooting & Stalking Around Thurso

Forss House Hotel is surrounded by a number of estates offering game shooting, wild fowling and stalking, some welcoming “first time” and less experienced guns as well as the experienced.

If you would like to shoot or stalk do book in advance because the local Estates will give priority to their own resident guns so you may need to call around to find a day.  If you have any trouble do give us a call and we will see if we can call around further afield.


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The North Coast 500

Bringing together a route of just over 500 miles (516 to be exact…) of stunning coastal scenery, the North Coast 500 naturally follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands, taking in the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Inverness-Shire. Forss House is the perfect place to stay or just pop in for dinner during the Caithness leg of your adventure.


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The Outdoors

The Northern Lights, walking, cycling, surfing, horseriding, boats and golf are just some of the things you can do.


Things to see and do

Places to visit

The Castle and Gardens at Mey, Mary Ann's traditional crofting cottage, John o'Groats, the Orkney Isles by boat, Caithness Horizons modern museum, the Wick Heritage Centre, Camster Cairns (amongst the oldest stone monuments in Scotland), Caithness Broch Centre of archaeology, Old Pulteney Distillery and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe (an old ruined castle) are just a few of the places to visit near Forss House Hotel.


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Salmon fishing and Forss House Hotel have always been indelibly linked and the river winds round the house and undoubtedly gives the hotel a large part of its character. The largest fish ever caught on the River was a cock fish of 42lbs landed on 14th August 1954 by David Couper just at the bottom of the garden.


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