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Hotel Northern Sands - NC500 (Thurso, United Kingdom)

Hotel Northern Sands - NC500 (Thurso, United Kingdom)

About Northern Sands - NC500

Northern Sands is a beautifully refurbished hotel in the idyllic village of Dunnet, situated 4 miles from the mainland’s most northerly point Dunnet Head. Blessed with an enchanted forest, nostalgic Dwarwick pier and a sweeping white sandy beach stretching for over 2 miles. The bay offers great opportunities to sunbathe, paddle, swim, surf and indulge in other beach sports. Dunnet offers an extensive range of outdoor pursuits for active families, such as surfing, wind surfing, horse riding, kite bugging and sand castle making for the less active why not sit back and relax in Logan’s Bar or our Pentland’s Lounge and watch a variety of sport on our Sky TV. We are on the brand new NC500, which the media have called Scotland’s own Route 66. Situated next door to the mainland’s most northerly Gin Distillery, Dunnet Bay Distillers which is a family business producing the award winning Rock Rose Gin & Holy Grass Vodka. A variety of menus are available throughout the day, all year round, using an extensive list of local produce. Well-appointed rooms with extra-long plush beds for a peaceful night’s sleep, free wifi & parking are available.

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool(Unavailable)
  • Spa(Unavailable)
  • Parking
  • Pets(Unavailable)
  • A/C(Unavailable)
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym(Unavailable)

Rating overview

trivago Rating Index® based on 371  reviews from:
  • LocationExcellent  (8.8 / 10)
  • RoomsGood  (7.9 / 10)
  • ServiceExcellent  (8.5 / 10)
  • CleanlinessVery good  (8.3 / 10)
  • Value for moneyVery good  (8.2 / 10)

Positive Reviews


Excellent Location

This hotel occupies an ideal location if you want to go to Dunnet Head which is five miles away and the most northerly part of Scotland. You can enjoy phenomenal views over Orkney. This hotel is also convenient for John O'Groats and Castle of Mey. You'll be nearby many hiking trails, the beach and lighthouse, and convenient to the ferry to Orkeny Islands.


Food Exceeds Expectations

Guests are pleasantly surprised by the quality of food offered in the pub. This isn't just your ordinary, standard pub grub, but rather well-thought out, creative dishes which boast generous portions. Guests also enjoy the tasty and filling, traditional Scottish breakfast each morning, which is a great way to begin your day.


Comfortable Accommodations

Rooms are lovely and well-presented. They are clean and comfortable, with ample storage. Rooms come fully-equipped with all the basic amenities you expect. Guests say the shower has good pressure and temperature control. These rooms won't wow you, but they get the job done when it comes to a comfortable place to rest your head at night.

Negative Reviews


Limited Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is not available in rooms, only in the reception area and the bar. If you enjoy streaming movies or checking your social media at night, this will prove a problem.


Temperature Issues

This hotel seems to have a cold feeling, even when the heat is running. This goes for the rooms as well. Guests say that rooms don't fully warm-up, and the en suite bathrooms stay cold. You may want to bring an extra blanket with you.


No other issues reported

So far, no other recent negative opinion has been expressed by guests about this hotel.

All amenities

Property amenities
  1. Arcade/Video games
  2. Entrance hall/lobby
  3. Parking
  4. Hotel bar
  5. Conference rooms
  6. Non-smoking rooms
  7. PC with internet
  8. Restaurant
  9. Direct beach access
  10. WiFi in public areas
  11. Room service
  12. Free WiFi (public areas)
  1. Wheelchair accessible
  2. Accessible parking
Room amenities
  1. Balcony (upon inquiry)
  2. Shower
  3. Openable windows
  4. Television
  5. Central heating
  6. Electric kettle
  7. Satellite TV
  8. Telephone
  9. WiFi
  10. Hypoallergenic bedding
  11. Free WiFi (rooms)
  12. Coffee machine
Sports facilities
  1. Golf course
  2. Horse riding
Food and beverage
  1. Diabetic food

Arrival / Departure

  1. Check in: 15:00
  2. Check out: 11:00


Dunnet , KW14 8XD , Thurso , United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1847851300 | Fax: +44 1847851270 | 

Frequently Asked Questions about Northern Sands - NC500

  • Is there a pool area at Northern Sands - NC500?

    No, Northern Sands - NC500 doesn’t offer pool areas.

  • Are pets allowed at Northern Sands - NC500?

    No, Northern Sands - NC500 doesn’t allow pets.

  • Is parking available at Northern Sands - NC500?

    Yes, Northern Sands - NC500 provides Parking, Accessible parking for guests.

  • What time is check-in and check-out at Northern Sands - NC500?

    Check-in at Northern Sands - NC500 is available from: . Check-out time is by .

  • Where is Northern Sands - NC500 located?

    Northern Sands - NC500 is located in Dunnet, KW14 8XD, Thurso, United Kingdom.