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Old Distillery

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Gerston near Halkirk, The Highlands - Caithness & Sutherland Show on map

Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


1 Customer Review

  • "What a beautiful house, top comforts and so relaxing."

    Thank you for a lovely stay !

    Reviewed by Esty5.0Aug 2023


  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 2 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super-king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin, WC and washing machine
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven, oil range cooker with hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Expansive, manicured gardens with summer house, seating and a rear lawn with decking and furniture
  • Off-road parking for 5 cars
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.5 mile walk
  • Note: There are steps throughout the house, please take care
  • Note: There is a small pond in the garden, please take care and supervise children at all times
  • Note: There is a charge of £20 per dog for this property

The property

Halkirk 1 mile by car.

Nestled in the breath-taking countryside of the Scottish Highlands near Halkirk is Old Distillery.

This wonderful holiday home has a rich history and was once recognised as the largest and oldest whisky distilleries in all of Scotland and its past has been thoroughly retained with original features including wooden panelling and Victorian staircase.

This dog-friendly dwelling benefits from ample off-road parking, a tranquil setting amidst the Highlands and five beautiful-presented bedrooms, perfect for families looking to gather for a truly memorable holiday in Scotland.

Cross the threshold to find two sitting rooms where you can unwind; one boasts a TV and crackling woodburning stove that adds to the homely ambience.

Later, head into the fully-equipped kitchen where you can help rustle up tasty meals for the whole family using the range cooker, gather the family in the formal dining room to tuck into your delightful culinary creation.

While the evenings away in the expansive, manicured gardens where you can sit in multiple areas with a glass of while the sun sets over the rolling Scottish fields.

When the sky darkens, climb the stairs to wash off the day in the bathroom before choosing from five bedrooms to catch your rest; there are three super-king-sizes, one with en-suite shower room, a double with en-suite shower room and a twin.

There are a plethora of walks woven throughout the countryside which can be accessed from your front door; be sure to walk alongside the River Thurso which flows nearby.

Thurso Beach can be found at the end of the river and is an idyllic place to admire views across the North Sea to the Orkney Island, the NC500 runs through the area here too.

The village of Halkirk is also easily accessible and is home to amenities to help ease your self-catered stay as well as the Ulbster Arms where you can treat your loved ones to delicious meals.

Take advantage of the close proximity to John O’Groats and head there to take a photo next to the iconic signpost before exploring the craggy coast.

Duncansby Stacks.

Make memories at Old Distillery.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £550.

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About the location


Thurso 6 miles; Wick 16 miles; John O’Groats 25 miles.

Halkirk is a peaceful little village in Caithness, said to be the "first planned village in Scotland", surrounded by moorland and spectacular views and with excellent access both up North Sea and down to the Moray Coast. Halkirk offers a handful of amenities including small village pub, shop selling local produce and a hotel with restaurant. Halkirk is ideally placed for touring this remote and beautiful area of the Northern Highlands. It is also situated perfectly for a visit to John O'Groats, which is just 25 miles away and Durness, where Smoo Cave, Cape Wrath and the Durness Golf Course are well worth a visit. The daily ferry to Orkney is a 30 minute drive along the coast, and The Castle of Mey makes an interesting day out. With awe-inspiring views over the moorlands and glens, Halkirk is ideal for quiet retreat with walks and birdwatching. There are also several more amenities in Thurso just a short drive away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas