"Teetering at the edge of the North Sea, this is romance on a baronial scale, with four-posters, single malts and bonfires on the beach", says The Sunday Times of Ackergill Tower, naming it one of the Ultimate 100 British Hotels in 2013.
Lying half an hour's drive from John O’Groats (commonly regarded as mainland Great Britain's most northern point), the castle feels very remote and has in the past been a favourite bolthole of celebrities including Jeremy Irons and Billy Connolly.
The original property dates back to the late 1400s and according to The Scotsman, is one of the most haunted hotels in Scotland -- keep your eyes peeled for the ghostly woman in a green dress.
Today, there are lots of activities on offer amid the hotel’s 3000 acres of grounds, including croquet, archery and clay pigeon shooting (extra charges). The hotel even has its own loch.
You can also head down to the beach for a blustery walk and go kayaking in the bay. The nearest town, Wick, is only 10 minutes by car and is home to the Old Pulteney distillery.
After a healthy dose of fresh air, guests can retire to the Drawing Room for afternoon tea. Later on, the restaurant serves seasonal food, such as wild trout with lentils in the spring and Lairg Roe Deer with crushed celeriac in the winter. More casual options, including beer battered Scrabster Haddock, are available at the on-site Smuggler's Inn. A spa is planned for 2015.
Rooms are bright, airy and spacious, with large windows. They are all located in the main building and antique furniture adds a touch of class to the classic country house décor. Most have views of the grounds, but the best overlook the cliffs and sea beyond.
From the press:
"Teetering at the edge of the North Sea, this is romance on a baronial scale, with four-posters, single malts and bonfires on the beach" -- The Sunday Times
by Katie Jones
Infant cots / cribs
Extra beds / roll away beds
No pets allowed
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Baby-sitting service on request
Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
Complimentary shuttle service
Currency exchange / ATM
Express check-in / checkout
Laundry / dry cleaning
Coffee / tea-making facilities
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
Children aged 5 and under stay free of charge when sharing parent's room (extra bed charges apply).
Children aged 6 to 12 are charged at £7.50 per night and receive continental breakfast (extra bed charges apply).
Children aged 13 and over are charged at adult rates (extra bed charges apply).
Cot/crib and extra bed available on request and in the Executive Suites only: £10 per night for children up to 2 years old, £55 per night for children aged 3 to 12. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.
There is no extra bed available for adults.
No pets allowed.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Ackergill Tower is closed every Monday and Tuesday during the winter. Please contact the hotel for further information.
nearest regional airport is Wick John O’Groats Airport, 10 minutes' drive away.
It services scheduled flights from Edinburgh (Flybe) and Aberdeen (Eastern
Airways) as well as private transfers. Inverness Airport is the closest
international airport, two-and-a-half hours away by car. The hotel is
signposted on the road from Wick towards John O’Groats and free parking is
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