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Pennyland House is a three-story building dating back over two hundred years. Built in 1780, it is historically noted for being the birthplace of Sir William Alexander Smith, the founder of the Boys Brigade.

Over the past few years, the owners have sympathetically renovated this historic building and turned it into a comfortable and interesting bed and breakfast.

The house is located on the edge of Thurso in a quiet, but convenient location and boasts wonderful views of the Orkney Islands, Scrabster and Thurso Bay.

The bedrooms at Pennyland House are named after the owner’s favourite golf courses. He has collected old golf postcards for almost 30 years now and framed and enlarged some of these postcards for you to enjoy in each room.

All rooms are en-suite and include free Wi-Fi, flat screen HD TVs with integral DVD players and USB ports. You will also find a hairdryer and hospitality tray with ground coffee, a selection of teas and homebaked shortbread.

Window dressings are blackout and bedding is of high-quality Egyptian cotton with a choice of firm and soft pillows. The double beds are all British king size – 5 feet wide and 6 feet 6 inches long (150 x 198 cm). Each room has its own character and a sea view, from quaint dormer windows with a view of Thurso Castle to 18th-century fireplaces!


The owners will make sure you have the breakfast of your choice to tackle your day ahead whether it is to be for work or leisure and are happy to accommodate any special dietary needs. Select the night before from a Continental, Vegetarian or Scottish Breakfast menu (or a mix of all three) to ensure your breakfast is ready when you are!

Enjoy your breakfast in the sunny dining room with a refreshing glass of fruit juice, a cup of fresh coffee, one of our extensive range of teas, homemade marmalade, and jam and a smile!

On The Map: Thurso is located on the northern tip of mainland Scotland. The town is most easily reached via the A9 road from Inverness, some 110 miles / 2 hours to the south.

Thurso is the most northerly town on mainland Scotland, and gateway to the Orkney Islands. Thurso’s origins date from as early as the 900s, at which point Vikings settlements were well established, using the river mouth as a port and fishing base. In modern times, the often turbulent seas off Scotland’s northern coast have become a massive draw for surfers from all over the world, but Thurso is most often used as starting point for exploring the amazing scenery of the region. The 140 mile northwestern route via Durness to Ullapool, is often heralded as Scotland’s most spectacular scenic drive. Back in town, Shore Street is very picturesque and the seafront is well worth a stroll. Also of note is Caithness Horizons, a modern museum housed in the old Town Hall and Carnegie Library.

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