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A working croft set in 10 acres, Highland and Jersey cattle, Jacobs sheep,
horses, ducks and geese, plus a herd of beef cattle comprising of the
Limousin, Simmental and Charolais breeds.
All rooms are en-suite
Tea and Coffee making facilities
Full central heating throughout
Comfortable TV Lounge
Garden Room used as a Dining Room and 2nd lounge
Early Breakfasts (from 7.30am)
Pets and Children welcome
We are just a few minutes from the Castle of Mey, the late Queens Mother's
Caithness residence. The castle and gardens are open to the public from
May to September.
A good centre for exploring Caithness, a haven for wildlife and nesting
birds on the cliffs at Duncansby Head, many coastal walks and historic
sights to enjoy.
Bencorragh has a non smoking policy. We have three bedrooms, one twin,
one double and one family room (which can sleep up to five people and
contains a cot for our youngest visitors).
We ask our guests to arrive after 3.00pm and before10.00pm.
Two rooms overlook open countryside, the family room has views across
the Pentland Firth to Orkney.
Double room with views over open countryside with en-suite facilities
Family room with views across the Pentland Firth, the island of Stroma
and the Orkney Islands with en-suite facilities
Twin or small family room with en-suite facilities
Bencorragh House is 3 miles to the west of John O'Groats, overlooking
the island of Stroma and the Orkney Islands.
The area is one of outstanding natural beauty. is a haven for a great
many varieties of bird life. There are many breeding birds to be seen
in spring and early summer. Later in the season there are usually a large
number of Hawks around and also Geese gathering for their winter migration.
Things to do on the area
* Heritage Museum in Wick, (open May to September) which displays the
life of the town and surrounding area over the past 100 years or so. There
are displays depicting the local way of life when herring fishing was
at its height.
* Castle of Mey, the Queen Mothers Caithness home is just s few minutes
drive away and is open to the public from May to September. Website is
* Broch Museum at Auchengill (open June to September).
* The Last House John O'Groats has a museum depicting life during the
final years that the island of Stroma was inhabited.
* Mary Ann's Cottage, in the village of Dunnet, shows how life was lived
in Caithness a 100 years ago. The house has all the original furnishings
and the farm buildings contain a lot of the original implements used on
* There is also a day trip from John O’Groats to the Orkney Islands.
this encompasses the Churchill Barriers, constructed during the War, Scapa
Flow is visited, along with Italian Chapel and Skara Brae which is the
oldest Neolithic Village in Europe, plus many other historical sights.
The Maxi Tour also allows a couple of hours in the island capital of Kirkwall,
a typical island town, where there is an extensive museum and also the
very beautiful St Magnus Cathedral.
* A roll-on roll-off ferry operates from Gills Bay, just 2 minutes away,
to St Mary's Hope in Orkney on a three times daily. A cheaper and faster
crossing than Scrabster to Stromness. More information on their website,
* The Camster Cairns, near Watten, are ancient burial mounds and are well
worth a visit. Walkers will find many miles of wild rugged coastline to
explore, many with sites of historical interest.
* The local towns of Wick and Thurso both have excellent leisure facilities
for wet days, including a cinema and a ten pin bowling alley.