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Skara
Ranked #8 of 20 Thurso B&B and Inns
Cromwell, New Zealand
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77 reviews
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“What a lovely place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

We found this place through a recommendation from the Tourist Information Office and I'm so glad we did. We must have been really lucky too as it seems to be vey popular.

It really is a lovely peaceful spot, with wide ranging coastal views. Gloria was wonderfully welcoming and the facilities in the room and the guest house were all first class. Great breakfast.

When a place is this good, its often more difficult to write a review. Suffice to say, that if we ever get back to the area, we would certainly stay there again and would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone.

Room Tip: The room we had faced NE and looked across to the offshore islands.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

We stayed at Skara for 3 nights and it was one of the best bed and breakfast's we encountered in two months travelling around the UK. The location was excellent, just outside Thurso with fantastic views of the coast from our room and a lovely hostess in the person of Gloria. She displayed the friendliest, most welcoming hospitality. We travelled halfway round the world to see the UK and staying at Thurso was one of the highlights. It is a great location for exploring the top end of Scotland and the Orkney's. We would come back and stay at Skara in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet, peaceful retreat with lovely hosts.

Room Tip: Book early as there are only a handful of rooms.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

My wife and I stayed two nights at Skara B&B in Thurso. It is situated on a hill top about a mile out of town, We arrived without reservations and were greeted enthusiastically by the owner Gloria Swanson. Gloria is an energetic and gracious host. She has everything highly organized and had us settled in quickly.

The room was clean and neat. The view from our window was a panorama of the local countryside and the Orkney Islands in the distance. The Internet, shower and coffee/tea service worked well. And we were well fed the next two mornings. Gloria also was good at giving local travel advice.

Two improvements I would like to have had:

1. Heat in the morning. The radiator in the room did not turn on until 7:00 a.m. so it was very cold for an early riser.

2. A bigger wash basin. The one in our room was microscopic and difficult to access. It made shaving in a cold room a real challenge.

The total cost for two people for two days was 112 pounds - a reasonable value.

Room Tip: Pick the room at the end of the hall with the view of the Orkney Islands.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

We rang early evening for rooms for 3 people the same night and Gloria was able to accommodate us. We were warmly welcomed and nothing was too much trouble. Rooms were excellent, great showers and we all slept well. Breakfast was great and the best tea around.
Definitely would return here and will certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank Kas711
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Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

This out of town B&B was a great find. Our only improvement suggestions would be an update of the website to reflect the first class accommodation and a wireless Internet booster to reach the bedrooms. Neither of which affect our intention to return.

  • Stayed August 2011
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1 Thank r4_sheila
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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2010

Had a fantastic stay at Skara and Gloria was a wonderful host and felt very welcome and comfortable imediatley. The rooms were newly decorated, clean and very well presented. But the best and most suprsing (we only found Skara the day we stayed!) were the breathtaking views of the Orkneys from the bedroom windows! Breakfast was lovely and had a good veggie option too. We will definitley be staying again as an ideal place to stop wen touring the coast road.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2010

Skara was our mid point on our road trip around Scotland. Lucky find here as we needed 3 rooms and Gloria was a great host. Great location and a very nice B&B with great views from all the rooms. For thos in the party that eat breakfast no one went short.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Mr-Pu
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Property: Skara
Address: Dixonfield, Thurso KW14 8YN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Thurso
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Ranked #8 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Thurso
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Skara Thurso, Scotland

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