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Thurso Bay Caravan & Camping Park
Smith Terrace
Scrabster Road
Highlands   (Browse area)
KW14 7JY   See Map
Tel: 01847 892244
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Pitches: 66 touring (36 hard-standing); 30 tent
Open: 31 March Through September

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 37 Reviews
                7/10 from 37 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis <1 mile 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Seaside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

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Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jono4 3 reviews from this member

Great location on cliff top, with Orkney Island of Hoy in full view. Great walks all around, on beach, clifftop, and town. Great value at £13 a night for my ridge tent, dog and me.

Reception very friendly and helpful about the site and surrounding area.

I really liked the inclusion of a vet's contact details in the leaflet given at reception, a great idea for dog owners, although the leaflet was so long that I didn't read all of it.

Facilities very clean and well presented.

I would be pleased to stay there again.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Headgardener 35 reviews from this member

As other reviews have stated this site is very close to the ferry terminal at Scrabster for Orkney and has fantastic sea views.

We had not booked and had hoped to get a hardstanding as there had been a lot of rain and we did not want to get stuck in the grass. The reception is actually inside the Cafe (we did not eat there but the menu had a reasonable selection). We were told we could have a hardstanding but they did not have EHUs but if we had a very very long electric cable we could reach a hook up! As we had not we opted for a grass pitch and were told which ones were OK in the wet weather. Just as we were setting up another motor home drove a fair distance across grass, got stuck and had to be pulled out by the owners 4x4.

There are good walks outside the site along the cliffs which are very steep and unfenced in places so care needed,

There is a Lidl across the road and a very nice hotel close by.

Part of the site boundary consists of Caithness Flag Stones.

Didn't use the toilets/showers.

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Sibrig 8 reviews from this member

Stayed in mid-April for an overnight stop before getting the early morning Orkney ferry. Heavy rain meant that many pitches were badly waterlogged. Not an unusual occurrence, but I wonder how much effort has been put into improving drainage. I was advised which pitches were least affected and chose accordingly from the 4 offered. Despite the site having a few scruffy-looking hard standings these were not offered to me, presumably because I had booked and paid for EHU and - amazingly - the hardstandings had no hook-ups. The leaflet I was given on arrival contained the site's Rules. These are written in a very officious manner, and give little comfort to anyone unfortunate enough to get bogged down and stuck on their sodden grass - 'Staff are not responsible or liable for extracting customer vehicles from any difficulties. '

The Rules also told me that 'Recycling is mandatory. Recycling bins are located in the chemical waste disposal room. ' Except that they weren't. I could find no recycling bins anywhere on the site, just a sign on the wall of the chemical disposal saying 'glass', and no-one to ask after the cafe/reception closed for the day. Despite also being instructed to 'Put litter in the marked refuse bins' and told that 'Littering will not be tolerated' I was also unable to find a litter bin on site after the cafe had closed.

The toilet and shower facilities were somewhat utilitarian, and shower cubicle gives no space for changing. They had however been kept clean and tidy - they should be, as according to the site leaflet they are closed for an astonishing 3 hours every day (2 hours in the morning and 1 in the evening). This is the longest time I have encountered in my camping experience of over 70 different sites, and it isn't a big toilet block!

On a more positive note, the site is convenient for the Scrabster ferry, has a good outlook over the bay, is located on the coastal path with a pleasant walk to Scrabster in one direction and Thurso centre and river in the other. However in future I will do as I have done on previous visits to the area - drive a bit further down the road to the Club site at Dunnet Bay.

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Graham Haddow 8 reviews from this member

On way to Orkney and wanted stop off before the ferry the next day. Very convenient for the ferry so ideal in that sense but not my type of site for a holiday. In saying that it over looks Thurso Bay and is a nice open site. Toilet/shower facilities are a bit 'public toiletish' but clean and spacious. Good walk path for the dog but on the edge of cliffs, so be careful. Good beach for a walk. There was a bit of confusion when checking in and although I had booked on-line they had no record of it and was told it is a common occurrence. I also realised I had clicked on requiring electricity at an additional £3. 50 only to find out it was included in any case. OK for the ferry, but personally would go for a holiday

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mogs70 12 reviews from this member

Overnight stop en route to Orkney. Very handy for the Scrabster to Stromness ferry. Arrived after heavy downpour. Were advised which pitches were free and left to park. Just stopped on first available, on grass which had already been churned up a little. Later noticed there are now hardstands at the toilet block side of the site, however we got off the grass ok in the morning.

Facilities as others have stated, toilet block rather tired but clean and adequate. Café not open on our visit.

Weigh Inn a short walk, towards Scrabster, didn't eat there but has real ale and a pleasant enough place. Walked into the town, which is in the opposite direction. Bit more run down than the last time we were here. Everywhere very quiet, but it was Sunday. Pleasant walk back along the sea front.

Good location, handy for local facilities and the port, nice views.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Vv59 1 review from this member

We just stopped for one night ( the weather wasn't too good). The site is on the edge of town with a Lidl supermarket across the road. The Proprietor is very strict trying to save his pitches from excessive wear, but that makes it better for all of us. The facilities all worked well and were lovely and clean, but the evening meal a bit 'disorganised', but the town centre is only 400 yards away with other restaurants available.

We enjoyed a walk along the promenade in the evening and the sea views.

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