Dunnet Bay Caravan Club Site (REF : DUB)

Dunnet, Thurso, Highlands, KW14 8XD, Scotland

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Ideal for ...

  • Beach stays
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Motorhomes
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

A good choice for those who enjoy solitary tranquillity, at Dunnet Bay Club Site you can admire the stunning views over clean washed sands to lovely Dunnet Head, the northernmost point of the British mainland. Located in Dunnet, Thurso, the caravan park is in an area of vast natural beauty - it's a perfect location to unwind from the bustle of day to day life.

Dunnet Bay Club Site is ideal for walking expeditions and offers great nearby dog walking too. If you climb Dunnet Head you will be treated to magnificent views over the Pentland Firth to Orkney and a great part of the north coast to Ben Loyal and Ben Hope. To take in local restaurants as well as some retail therapy, a day trip over to Orkney from John O'Groats or Scrabster won't disappoint, in fact you can island-hop the string of islands by both boat and coach. If you're a keen birdwatcher, you can take a ferry trip around the Stacks of Duncansby to see a wealth of seabird life. Anglers are spoilt for choice with sea fishing by boat from Scrabster, fishing from the beach or freshwater fishing nearby. Sites of historic interest include the majestic Castle Mey and Mary Anne's Cottage, a museum detailing crofting life.

Facilities on site ...

  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Dog walk from site
  • Electric hook-up
  • Gas
  • Laundry facilities
  • Motorhome service point
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: good
  • Wi-Fi

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Walking notes:
Walk for miles along the beautiful beach. Climb Dunnet Head - or drive to the summit, for magnificent views over the Pentland Firth to Orkney and a great part ofthe north coast as far as Ben Loyal and Ben Hope. Visit the Highland Council Seadrift Centre (above the site office), where the Ranger organises guided walks in Caithness and Sutherland.

Supermarket notes:

The nearest shops are in Castletown village, three miles towards Thurso. There are supermarkets in Thurso, 3 miles away.

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Directions

From East (John O'Groats) on A836: the site is on the right about 0.5 mile past Dunnet village. From West (Thurso) on A836: the site is on the left about 2.5 miles past Castletown village.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
KW14 8XD
GPS:
Lat 58.61518 / Lon -3.34561
Plan a route to this site
OS field ref:
ND219705
OS map ref:
12
Handbook map ref:
F20

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: John O'Groats and Thurso
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile

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Great stopover with direct accces to a long beach

First I would like to say thank you for extending this site's opening period for the year however we had originally written off stopping off here as the CAMC still has last year's dates and stated the site closed on 24th September! If it hadn't been for the site very prominent location next to the main road then we would have remained oblivious. A stop off here alerted us to the fact that the opening period of both sites at Brora and Kinlochewe had also been extended. Unfortunately we had already passed Kinlochewe but were able to take advantage of the site at Brora. I hope the club will take this error on the app into consideration when they assess the merits of extending the season at these sites. So yes this site backs on to a main road but you have to remember the location of this main road on the north coast of Scotland miles beyond the last location of any major supermarket etc so there are no Asda HGVs thundering past during the night as we have at home! The WiFi hotspot is not great so we didn't bother but we had a decent 4G signal with EE that we didn't really mind. Which is worth mentioning in the respect that on our tour of the north of Scotland coastline we rarely with 4G which allowed us to stay up to date with the news and some TV when TV reception was poor. The pitches are all grass and in great condition given the time of our visit and to be honest it was a joy pitching on grass as too often we only ever consider hard standing. A final thank you to the lovely wardens and in particular to the gentleman who brought over my phone when I left it in reception on booking in.

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I would not wish to detract from the rave reviews that have gone before. Dunnet Bay site is in a fabulous location with stunning sea views. It has great wardens, really helpful, kind and efficient, so a well deserved 5 stars to them. But the site’s location on the 500 brings a number of questions for the club. Our visit was a late September weekend with inevitable weather issues which I accept may condition this review. First, during our stay we found that a substantial number of visitors stayed for one night only, departing early to continue apace on the 500, resulting in a transit site than a touring location. Be ready for late arrivals and early departures. Perhaps this is something that should be reflected in pitch allocation? Second, linking to the first issue, the site access roads are rough stoned rather than tarmac, and the pitches are exclusively grass. Whilst pleasing to the eye, it presents an issue for a high turnover of visitors, with front row pitches cordoned off. Third, the site is not screened from the A836 which runs its length, presenting traffic noise and at times a bleak aspect. Fourth, the facilities, whilst superbly maintained by the wardens, are small for a site of this size and nature. Add to this that wifi does not extend from the tiny laundry room. All of these criticisms could be cured by investment Do they outweigh the value of a visit? Certainly not.
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Delightful Dunnet!

Fabulous site, fabulous views, fabulous beach! We stayed here to finish our 500 trip by driving to Durness and back from here. As we live near Inverness, we will definitely be using it as one of our 'chill out/get away' sites many times in the future Yes, it's by a road and yes, there is traffic, but that's a fact of life and it's not the busiest of roads compared to some sites. To be honest when we stayed there were very high winds so that combined with the sound of the sea drowned out most road noise! Wardens were lovely, pitches were very good and the whole site is very well laid out. I note some comments about 'rules' in previous reviews but those rules keep people safe and provide an element of privacy for everyone to enjoy the site and facilities.
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Lovely Site position

Very friendly welcome from the wardens and a biscuit fro the dog!!! Right next to the beach and even though the pitches are all grass they are firm and drain well. Handy fro a trip to the local supermarkets and a nice place to eat half a mile along the road Northern sands

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Lovely beach

This site has the potential to be a top-notch site. There are two factors that let it down. 1. The road - there needs to be some expense spent on fencing alongside the road in order to not have to watch the motorbikes that scream past plus it will help to deaden it slightly. 2. the rules - there are very polite notices everywhere telling you what not to do. They could be limited or put in the manual. Apart from that, it's a lovely site with a spectacular beach and the wardens did their very best to help us with any problems.
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