A quaint pit stop on a remarkable road trip
Plan your drive around one of Scotland’s most beautiful coastal routes and build in an unforgettable stay at the splendid Ackergill Tower.
If you’re driving the legendary North Coast 500 then stunning unspoilt scenery, dramatic coastline and a fascinating history await you on the rugged north coast of Caithness, where the Scottish Highlands give way to wide open countryside that rolls down to the sea. Although the population is sparse, the welcome is always warm. Stop off at the former Viking settlement and principal town of Wick or one of the tiny fishing villages. Or why not break your drive with a boat trip to the Orkney Isles, less than an hour away?
Explore one of Europe’s last wildernesses
Caithness sits on the most north eastern corner of the North Coast 500 and is often described as being on the extreme edge of Europe. This is a landscape where you’ll see puffins and eagles in the sky above, seals and maybe sea otters on the shoreline below. Castles and lighthouses dot the landscape. Also home to John O'Groats and Dunnet Head, the real tip of Britain, beaches such as Sinclair's Bay are rated highly by the locals. Discover the fascinating history, heritage and dramatic landscape on your drive.
Discover a land fit for Royalty
Caithness has long had royal connections. From showing loyalty to Mary Queen of Scots to welcoming the modern-day monarchy. Like at Castle of Mey, the former holiday home of the late Queen Mother and the most northerly castle on the British mainland. Still frequented by His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles Duke of Rothesay, the castle is steeped in history and heritage. Stop by to explore and enjoy a cup of tea in the adjoining cafe and shop where the exclusive Castle of Mey cookbook was created from a compilation of Royal family recipes.
Spend the night like a King or Queen
After a day’s driving, treat and rejuvenate yourself in sumptuous surroundings of Ackergill Tower. and wake up in sparkling form, ready for your next days’ adventures to begin. Enjoy a fine dinner, stretch your driving legs in our formal gardens or along our private beach before retiring to your luxury bedroom. Many of our rooms have sea views and all offer you the most peaceful night’s sleep but don’t worry about packing an alarm clock - we’ll wake you gently next morning, ready for breakfast, with the distant, romantic sound of bagpipes drifting on the air.
Stay with us
After a day exploring the beauty of the Highlands, sleep the night away in sumptuous surroundings and wake up in sparkling form, ready for your next day’s adventures to begin. Our luxury bedrooms are the perfect way to treat and rejuvenate yourself. Many of our rooms have sea views and all offer you the most peaceful night’s sleep but don’t worry about packing an alarm clock – we’ll wake you gently next morning, ready for breakfast, with the distant, romantic sound of bagpipes drifting on the air.