The Cottages

North Bilbster Cottage and the Gardener's Cottage are traditionally built stone cottages (100yrs +) that have been fully renovated to a high standard for your comfort. Both cottages offer an excellent base for exploring Caithness, Sutherland and Orkney and will allow the occupants a chance to enjoy the peace and solitude that Caithness can offer. The cottages come equipped with all mod cons and offer the rare blend of period country cottages with modern well furnished interiors. The Scottish Tourist Board has awarded both cottages four stars.


Both the Gardener’s cottage and North Bilbster cottage are situated on Bilbster Mains, a 1300 acre working farm straddling the delightful Wick River in a fertile little valley just to the east of Loch Watten. The estate is an area of green fields and open spaces, yet is still within a 15 minute drive to the coastal towns of Wick to the east and Thurso to the west The atmosphere is exceptionally tranquil and offers our visitors a relaxing and secluded holiday, yet with the freedom to drive easily and quickly to any of the activities Caithness has to offer.


The family farm of Bilbster Mains concentrates on rearing Aberdeen Angus beef and prime lambs on an extensive grass based diet which is sold through the premium Mey Selections brand. The majority of the land is grazed grass with a smattering of arable fields which are used to grow barley and forage crops for the livestock. Bilbster Mains has managed the environment carefully for wildlife with trees, hedges, species rich grasses all being planted alongside managed areas of wetland, water-margins and heather hill. The farm also boasts a large number of registered national monuments from an impressive standing stone, to brochs and other sites of archeological interest. The Miller family was delighted when their efforts at conservation were rewarded in 2005 when they were placed runner-up in the national biodiversity awards, run by the NFUS and RSPB.

Map of Bilbster's Location