Forss House

Thurso, Highland

Under the big skies of Caithness, wrapped in woodland and a curve of the River Forss, this Georgian mansion offers the grandeur of Scottish country house living but with modern-day warmth and comforts. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Beneath the big skies of Caithness, wrapped in woodland and a curve of the River Forss, this Georgian mansion offers the grandeur of Scottish country-house living but with modern-day warmth and comforts – at superb rates in the low season. Staff are helpful; when a room with a low ceiling was given to a reader with a tall husband, they 'quickly made an excellent adjustment'. Bedrooms are contemporary with traditional touches: soft hues, large headboards, the occasional antique. Those in the main house have big windows overlooking the gardens, those in the lodges are more secluded, some close to the river (with excellent salmon fishing). All have modern bathrooms, the largest with freestanding baths. Relax in the clubby lounge with its panelled walls, chesterfields and tweedy armchairs before an ‘outstanding’ dinner served either in the richly decorated main room or light-filled conservatory. Perhaps kick off with Scrabster scallops followed by Scottish beef fillet with ox cheek. You can also enjoy a whisky flight. Breakfast is thoroughly Scottish, and includes porridge, grilled kippers, and scrambled eggs with double cream. (Andy and Sally Mehalko)

Hotel details


KW14 7XY


01847 861201


14. 3 on ground floor, 6 in neighbouring annexes, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


bar, dining room, breakfast room, lounge, in-room TV (Freeview), meeting room, wedding facilities, 19-acre grounds with river and waterfall.

Background music

in public areas breakfast and evening.


all ages welcomed, no charge for under-5s, extra bed £10.


allowed in sportsmen’s lodge bedrooms (£15 a night, welcome pack) and all areas except dining room.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £89. Fixed-price 3-course dinner £60, 6-course tasting menu £90.

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Special offers

Hogmanay Celebration Special Offer

Say hello to 2024 at Forss House Hotel. Hogmanay is the perfect time of the year to get-together with friends and family and this year Forss House is making it extra special with the ultimate two-night Hogmanay celebration, complete with fizz, fantastic food and festive treats. This package runs from 31 December to 2 January, with the option to add extra nights to your stay. Your Hogmanay itinerary: 31 December – New Year’s Eve: Arrive from 15:00 onwards. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco in the Front Hall. Evening celebrations start with an exquisite tasting menu in the dining room. Just before midnight, come to the Front Hall to ‘bring in the bells’ – the Scottish tradition of counting down to midnight on New Year’s Eve – a glass of Champagne or whisky, shortbread and warm mince pies. 1 January – New Year’s Day: Enjoy a Full Scottish Breakfast. Explore the area with a short drive or a walk from Forss House Hotel to the sea and St Mary’s Chapel. Take Afternoon Tea in the conservatory. Have an aperitif in the bar before taking your seats in the dining room for a delicious New Year’s Day dinner. 2 January 2024: Enjoy a Full Scottish Breakfast. Check-out at 11:00. Room prices: Superior Radclyffe Rooms: £995.00. Deluxe Rooms: £950.00. Classic Rooms: £870.00. If you have any questions, please email the hotel at For availability and to book see here: Please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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