Starbank Cottage

Natural World of the Far North

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The Starbank self-catering accomodation holiday cottage on the shores of the Pentland Firth is an ideal base from which to enjoy a vacation in the far north of Scotland. Caithness is an attractive county with vast areas of unspoilt countryside, deserted beaches, quiet country lanes and huge skies. The superb range of venues for the outdoor enthusiast or ardent photographer to explore along this wild natural coastline has to be experienced to be believed. For the casual or the ardent naturalist you cannot but be amazed by range of the wildlife in Caithness. Seals, orcas, porpoises, otters, deer, buzzards, puffins to name but a few are all around you.
Dunnet Bay Beaches :
Dunnet Beach; two miles from Starbank cottage, a dune bounded, sandy beach stretching for two miles and the location of the Seadrift Dunnet Visitor Centre.
Sannick Beach; eight miles from Starbank holiday cottage, this is a beautiful beach where the water has a tropical atmosphere, though not the temperature.
Freswick Beach; eight miles from Starbank holiday cottage, another small but lovely beach sandy at one end and rocky towards Freswick Castle.
Sinclair Bay; ten miles from from Starbank holiday cottage. Voted one of the top-ten beaches in the world by the Guardian in 2007.
Castlehill Wood Forests :
The area has access to forested areas either owned by the Forestry Commission or run by local interest groups.
Dunnet Forest administered by The Dunnet Forestry Trust is conveniently close to the cottage and is a great place to explore, relax and enjoy the fragrances of a pine forest. Rumster Forest near to Lybster and owned by The Forestry Commission has a marked trail with much of natural and historical interest.
Stacks of Duncansby Landscapes :
Caithness with its wild natural coastline offers the discerning rambler and photographer the opportunity to experience magnificent seascapes as well as the vistas of landscapes manipulated by man and nature through the ages.
Puffin Birds :
Caithness is a treasure trove for the keen birdwatcher (twitcher); as a resting point for migratory birds the range of birds to be spotted is phenomonal.
The indigenous inhabitants are also varied from the humble sparrow, the raucous oyster catcher and to the imperious buzzard the county has an amazing variety.
A must visit location to watch birds is the RSPB Flows Centre at Forsinard in the flow country of Caithness.
Seal Marine Life :
The abundant sea life can be seen from cliff top paths or from pebbly bays and sandy beaches, alternatively to get a close up view of the seals, porpoises, orcas and a variety seabirds, you can board the North Coast Explorer an 11 metre jet RIB based at John O'Groats which offers Wildlife tours around the deserted island of Stroma . A more sedate version of the wildlife cruise is offered by the John O'Groats Ferry.