St Duthus

Bed & Breakfast

Halkirk, Caithness, KW12 6YH

About Us


Quietly situated in Halkirk village, 6 miles inland from Thurso, St Duthus offers spacious accommodation in a homely environment.

Originally known as The Manse, St Duthus was built in 1850/51 by the Free Church of Scotland as a residence for their minister.  The land was purchased from Sir George Sinclair of Ulbster, Baronet.

The house retains its sense of the past with its thick stone walls, shuttered windows and high ceilings ~ old Victorian but not austere, a house that we feel has been well-loved through the ages.  Built at a time when, to quote the Rev Fraser who first lived here, “…the people were poor and the houses were not satisfactory, and in some cases the people and the cows came in at the same door…”, the manse would have stood out and been highly regarded.  Today, our guests enjoy its old charm, something perhaps lost to the modern lifestyle.  And, in true Highland spirit, a warm welcome awaits!

At St Duthus we offer…

  • Complimentary refreshments upon arrival
  • Evening snacks 6-7pm ~ light bites (toasted sandwiches etc)
  • Breakfast at a time to suit you
  • Guest lounge with a range of books, leaflets, maps and games
  • Garden for your enjoyment (a work in progress!)
  • Plenty of parking space, at front and rear, accessed via two separate driveways
  • Indoor parking facility for motorbikes and cycles
  • Indoor storage facility for sports equipment and wet gear (including car covers)
  • Wifi
  • Walking the NORTHERN PILGRIMS’ WAY?  We can pick-up and return to a point near Loch More (no extra charge)
  • Pick-up from Thurso railway station and Wick airport (small charge for Wick)
  • We can also pick-up from train request stops at Scotscalder Station or Georgemas Junction (no extra charge)
  • No Smoking environment (indoors or out)
  • We speak English and a brave attempt at French (le francais pas couramment!).

Being about 1 mile off the A9 (heading north) on the B874, Halkirk is just off the NORTH COAST 500 scenic route.  Heading west out of Thurso on the A836, it is approximately 6 miles to the village.

Halkirk is well-placed for touring the SCENIC NORTHERN HIGHLANDS in any direction including further north across the Pentland Firth to ORKNEY.  The north and east coasts are but a short drive away.

St Duthus is an ideal overnight stop on the way to ORKNEY ~ ferries from Scrabster & Gills Bay approx. 8 and 20 miles from Halkirk.

But why rush away…stay a while and take your time to discover our corner of Caithness with its hidden bays and history scattered all around (you just have to look for it, it’s there!), not simply a place ‘on the way to somewhere else‘.  

Slow down…take in the vast open spaces, wild coastline, sandy beaches…or simply sit in our garden with a view of the distant hills of Morven and Scaraben among others to the south, or watch the river roll by.  Stretch your legs on village walks or, for something more uphill, a short drive will take you to the foot of Dorrery where you can begin your climb of 244m to the top!

Caithness is a welcoming place ~ do stop to enjoy it!

Maybe you’ll need more than one night at St Duthus…