Activities at Borlum House Farm

We have a wide range of activities on site at Borlum House to keep every member of your family entertained come rain or come shine. From Garden Chess to Quotis, Garden Draughts to Ladder Golf, there really is something for everyone at Borlum. New facilities being added yearly – please keep checking back for further details.

Garden Chess


Garden Draughts

Garden Draughts

Ladder Golf

For the golfers

Interested in playing golf? Just a short walk away is Britain’s most northerly golf course – Reay Golf Club. With Beautiful views of Reay beach, how could you not enjoy the stunning 18-hole links course! Stay with us for three or more nights and your first round is on us!

Reay Golf Club
Reay Golf Club

Activities in the local area

Dunnet Bay Distillers – Dunnet – 01847 851287

An absolute must for any Gin lovers. Whilst visiting the North Coast of Scotland we would highly recommend taking a tour of this famous Distillery. (its that good we have done twice!!!). Learn all about the history of the Distillery from its humble beginnings to its now renowned Rock Rose Gin (My personal favourite), from the spirits, botanicals, and the stills, this wee tour is an absolute delight – and what better than the tasting experience at the end! Tours last approximately 1hr and we would strongly recommend booking in advance.

Afterwards, why not go next door to the Northern Sands for a bite to eat – this recently renovated Hotel and Eatery has a menu to die for. From locally court fish, to Steaks and Burgers. We’ve personally never had a bad meal here! A very warm and welcoming place to eat.

Dunnet Head – Dunnet Head Lighthouse – RSPB Nature Reserve

This very rugged and unspoilt peninsula in Caithness, has the award for being the most northerly point on mainland Britain.  It’s a wild, untamed, beautiful landscape, with stunning sea cliffs and coastal grasslands which are home to puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, and fulmars.

Portskerra Charters – Dave Hodge Skipper – 07974 632134

Portskerra Charters offers fishing trips and wildlife tours out of Portskerra, 18 miles west of Thurso. As Portskerra is a tidal cove, fishing trip times do vary. Fishing trips are approx. 4 hours long. The surrounding waters are rich with man species of fish – Cod Haddock, Pollack, Spur Dog, and rays to name but a few. A few miles east of Portskerra is a well known breeding ground for Puffins, Guillemots and Fulmars. If you are lucky enough you may see passing whales and dolphins as they migrate. Rods and Reels can be provided upon request.

For more information please call Dave Hodge Skipper on 07377 247539

Farm Buggy Tours – Melvich – please call Juanelle or Willie on 07857 423843

This is a truly unique experience and one that has rapidly grown in popularity. Located directly on the NC500, take this amazing 1.5hr tour of a family-run hill farm in an all terrain, four wheel drive buggy. Here you will learn about farming life on the North Coast of Scotland, specifically about sheep and cattle farming. See and learn about the natural environment and if your lucky enough you may even spot a few stags on the way round. Due to its popularity, advance booking is strongly advisable – please call Juanelle or Willie on 07857 423843

Explore the local area

We encourage everyone to Visit Scotland as it truly is a rare mix of culture, history, architecture and unparalleled scenery.  Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people.

Borlum House Farm is in Reay (Scottish Gaelic: Ràth), a sleepy village that has grown around Sandside Bay on the north coast of the Highland area of Scotland. It is within the historic Parish of Reay and the historic county of Caithness.

The village is on the A836 road, about 12 miles (19 km) west of the town of Thurso and 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Dounreay.  We are also directly on the popular NC500 roadtrip route.

Within the modern village are the remains of a stone circle; several Viking houses and burials; the site of a bronze age settlement; and a mound which contains the layered remains of several Simple Atlantic Roundhouses.

There are plenty of fantastic places to eat and drink along the North Coast as you explore this rugged and dramatic area.

The beaches are breathtaking, with plenty small harbours to visit such as Talmine.

Visit the ancient seat of the chief of the Clan Mackay at Castle Varrich.  This castle is thought to be over one thousand years old. There are believed to be caves under the castle which were once inhabited by the Mackays!

Drive across the Kyle on your way to Loch Eribol and Durness, then get your hard hat on for a visit inside Smoo Caves.

A visit to our beautiful area isn’t complete without a trip to Assynt Geopark, exploring the amazing rocks and landscapes along the Rock Route.

Castle of Mey
Castle of Mey

Explore Strathy point; the Orkney islands (take a ferry from Scrabster); the Castle and Gardens of Mey (previously owned by the late Queen mother); Dunnet Head (the most northerly point of mainland Britain); Wick and Castle Sinclair; and the Hill O’ Many Stanes.

If you enjoy swimming but the sea is too cold, there is a swimming pool, gym, sauna and jacuzzi 19 miles away in Bettyhill.

Bettyhill is also home to the Strathnaver Museum, and you can drive the Strathnaver trail and learn about the highland clearances.

Other wonderful places to visit are Helmsdale; Balblair Forest; Dunrobin Castle; Inverness (capital of the Highlands); and Fort George.

This area is nirvana for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts, with our very own Highland Cows to get to know and endless opportunities to spot Puffins; Cormorants; Guillemots; Oyster Catchers; Harris Hawks; Otters; Whales; Dolphins and so much more.

For any keen climbers, there are plenty of opportunities to don the crampons, with Ben Loyal close by.

Getting around

We provide a free drop off or pick up service from any of the local pubs or restaurants in Thurso / Scrabster – some of which we often frequent ourselves and would be happy to recommend. Please email in advance for this service as notice is needed.

The nearest train station is in Thurso, around 10 miles away. Trains go from Inverness to Thurso and there is a weekly bus that runs from Thurso to Skerray and Skerray to Thurso.

Our nearest airport is Inverness Airport. You can hire a car from the airport