Orca Watch 2024 Official Accommodation Partners

We have just launched our Official Accommodation Scheme for Orca Watch 2024 (May 25th – June 2nd). The following businesses are once again generously supporting Orca Watch, joining our Sponsorship Scheme by making a donation. If you are thinking of staying in the Orca Watch area during 2024, they will welcome you with open arms. We will publish the details of more businesses as they sign up to the scheme.

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Pentland Lodge House

“Situated near the centre of Thurso, it is convenient for exploring the North Coast being about 20 miles from John O’Groats (to the East). We are delighted that guests come to sample our area and love if they linger longer so if you stay for 3 nights or more we offer a 5% discount on all double rooms.”

“Our area is beautiful and to help explore we have prepared lots of information with favourite walks and tours.  We particularly like the coast, the rocks, the sea and the birds.  Favourites are the Oyster Catchers along the shore and the diving Cormorants. We are very interested in promoting “Natural Tourism” such as sky-watching (& Aurora), walking, and nature watching because it’s what we like to do ourselves, hence our support for Orca Watch.”

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John O’Groats Campsite

“We are a family run caravan and camping site also with 2 self catering caravans in the heart of John O’Groats. Our Campsite has panoramic sea views of the Pentland Firth and across to the Orkney Islands. We have a well stocked campsite shop with souvenir’s, supplies, a hot drinks machine and microwave Duncansby Head is a short drive or walk away.”

“Our visitors are very lucky having had lots of sightings of Orca and bottle nosed dolphins in the past, hopefully we will be as lucky this year!”

Apartment 65B

“My apartment is a fully compliant and licenced two bedroomed apartment in the heart of Thurso. Close to all amenities and within walking distance of the railway station.  Bedroom one has a double bed and the second bedroom has two single beds.  There is a large lounge with two large settees as well as a large TV with sat box.  Free fast broadband is available.  There is free street parking, most of the time, right in front of the property. The Apartment is fully equipped and can accommodate 4 people. No children under the age of 3.  There is a large shower in the bathroom and the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to make your stay welcoming and you can create your own culinary experiences or eat out at the local hotels, restaurants and bars all within walking distance from the property.  All toiletries are supplied which is UK made with vegan, cruelty-free and biodegradable ingredients.
Please book direct as you can guarantee you will get the best price.

Together Travel

Together Travel are offering Orca Watchers a 10% discount on their accommodation, during Orca Watch 2024. Please quote ORCAWATCH24 when booking.

Ferry View Camping

Ferry View is a small, friendly, family run, eco campsite in the far north of Scotland.  Open all year & just 4.5 miles from John O’Groats, the site is just off the A836 at Gills Bay, between Thurso and John O’Groats. On site we have:  

  • Hardstanding and a generous grass area on all motorhome / campervan pitches;
  • Large, all grass tent pitches with parking for 1 vehicle;
  • Electric Hook Up available on all pitches;
  • Motorhome waste and water points (for those on site and passing through);
  • Showers and toilets on site (available to those not staying on site between 10am & 5om);
  • Communal outdoor games area with giant jenga, swingball and more;
  • Woodland walk (watch out for the fairies!);
  • Viewing Point with views over the Pentland Firth;
  • On site takeaway – Mr Eddy’s, for those on site and passing through;
  • Converted bus for sitting, eating, relaxing or playing board games (we even have Highlands and Islands Monopoly!) with a pellet stove for those cooler evenings;
  • Communal firepit area.

Vikki’s personal favourite wildlife species is the Puffin – she is Puffin mad and just adores everything about them.

10% discount on all food and drink from Mr Eddy’s – our on site takeaway – for Orca Watch Volunteers.

Windhaven Cafe, B&B and camping

Windhaven Cafe, B&B and camping overlooks Brough Bay, a land watch site, and is around a 20 minute drive from John O’ Groats, passing other land watch sites along the way.