Keiss Harbour House (1833) is a stunning Grade A-listed historic property nestled in a quiet fishing village on the northeast coast of Scotland. On the scenic North Coast 500, the spacious house is ideal for entertaining family & friends. With 5 bedrooms (sleeps 12) and 3 bathrooms, amenities include a 750 square-foot Great Hall, large open-plan kitchen, 3 fires, underfloor heating throughout, laundry and steam room. Explore northern highland ruins, beaches, castles, distilleries, golf and more!
Keiss Harbour House is uniquely situated in an old (and quietly active) fishing harbour which was built during the 19th-century herring boom. Beaches (both pebbled and sandy) stretch either side of the house. A half-mile walk from the front door will take you back in time through Scotland's history as you explore two Iron Age brochs, the 16th-century ruins of Keiss castle overlooked by the 'newer' 18th-century tower house, and a WWII pillbox.
A southerly walk takes you past WWII anti-tank barriers to the long, white-sandy stretches of Keiss and Reiss beaches where you will find Wick Golf Club (a challenging links course nestled behind the sand dunes of Sinclair's Bay). This section of beach is perfect for surfers, families, dog-walkers and horse-riders alike.
On the opposite point of Sinclair's Bay is Noss Head lighthouse and the remains of a WWII radio station where German radio traffic was intercepted, most of it in the five-letter grouping of the Enigma code. Park here to explore on foot the impressive 15th-century ruins of Sinclair Girnigoe Castle.
Sinclair's Bay is ideally situated for spotting puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots, cormorants, shags, herons, dolphins, and seals - who shelter in the harbour when the orcas are migrating past.
And don't forget that you will always find a warm welcome at Keiss pub, a short walk from the house.