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- Touring pitches on a family-run farm five minutes from Melvich beach
- Thurso, Puffin Cove and Wolfburn Distillery within a half-hour drive
- Farm tours, fishing and farm produce available on site
You may well spot a few Highland cows by the side of the road as you roam through the Highlands and Islands – but how about a stay where you can get so close you can actually brush that gorgeous ginger hair?
Indeed that’s one of the options on offer at Kirkton Holidays, a family-run working farm five minutes’ drive from the north coast at Melvich. This is a place where there’s always something going on, and the folk on site are eager to welcome guests in for a true taste of farming life. Come along in April and May to poke your nose into the lambing shed, or schedule a trip between March and June to catch the calving season in action.
Even outside of those busiest seasons, there’s plenty to see and do here: settle in for trout fishing (in season), take mountain bikes out onto the tracks or wander along the farm’s pathways to spy wildlife, meet pygmy goats Harris and Tweed, feed the sheep and play with the dogs (as long as they’re not on duty at the time).
For even more insight, sign up for a farm buggy tour where you’ll get taken around the farm, learn a bit about the farming calendar and take in the stunning views from the highest hill around. And yes – have a little stroke of those hairy Highland cows…
At the end of the day, pick up some home-bred beef or lamb (in season) to grill on your barbecue; serve up on outdoor tables or in a cosy wooden cabin.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
This site has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.
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Electric gravel touring pitch
Max. persons: 6 x
One Touring caravan or Campervan or Motorhome allowed per pitch
Pitch size : Min 7.0m width x 8.5m depth (23.0ft width x 27.9ft depth) Calculated area: 59.5m² (640.5ft²)
Ground type: Gravel
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From the manager...
Hi. I’m glad you had a good stay but was disappointed you marked us down for the facilities as we do state on the listing there are no waste disposal on site and you do need to be self contained.
Juanella and Willie
Friendly goats and border collies! Lovely location and friendly owners. …
Check-in: one group at a time
Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests
Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided
Hand sanitising stations
Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning
Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning
We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
Scrabster: Pier Coach Stop
— 14.2 miles
14.2 miles Thurso: Sir George's Street — 14.6 miles
14.6 miles Latheronwheel (Highland): Bus Shelter — 25.9 miles
- Train stations
Forsinard Rail Station
— 12.1 miles
12.1 miles Altnabreac Rail Station — 12.3 miles
12.3 miles Scotscalder Rail Station — 13.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Scrabster Ferry Terminal
— 14.3 miles
14.3 miles Gills Bay Ferry Terminal — 28.0 miles
— 30.0 miles
In among all the antics on site, it’s worth finding time to explore the local area – as so often with the Highlands, it’s rather gorgeous. For starters, there’s a splendid sandy beach a mile and a half away at Melvich, and you can take a walk out to the cliffs at Puffin Cove to see the birds from may to early August.
For a tipple or two to go with your evening meal, swing by the Wolfburn Distillery (25 minutes’ drive) for your whisky or Rock Rose (40 minutes) for a bottle of local gin. The seafood’s pretty good around here too – stop by at Scrabster or Thurso (both 25 minutes) to see boats coming in and see what you can find to eat.
Alternatively, grab your golf clubs for a day on the course at Reay (10 minutes), stroll around 16th-century Castle of Mey (45 minutes) or take a day tour to Orkney from Thurso. If you’ve not yet snapped a pic of yourself by the John o’Groats sign, that’s slightly less than an hour away.
- The Castle & Gardens of Mey (25.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||10 p.m.|
|Depart by:||12 p.m.|
Kirkton Holidays cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
- Does Kirkton Holidays have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Kirkton Holidays dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Kirkton Holidays? In among all the antics on site, it’s worth finding time to explore the local area – as so often with the Highlands, it’s rather gorgeous. For starters, there’s a splendid sandy … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Kirkton Holidays?
Camping and touring Arrive: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Depart by: 12 p.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Kirkton Holidays? From £17 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability