History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
There was a castle in Thurso during the time when this area of northern Scotland was ruled by the Norse. The original castle was destroyed in the 12th century, but another fortification was built in the early 17th century by the Sinclair family.
Around 1640 the castle was enlarged by George, Earl of Caithness. Then in 1872 the earlier castle was swept away by Sir John Sinclair, 3rd Earl of Ulster, and replaced with a Gothic Revival mansion. The long drive to the mansion was fronted by a romantic, castellated gatehouse and tower, called Castle Lodge.
The Lodge has more in common with a folly than with an actual residence. It looks like something out of a Disney fairy tale, with turrets and battlements. It also, unfortunately, looks like it has suffered from the passage of time, but the combination of the Lodge and Gothic gatehouse make an eye-catching vision as you enter Thurso from the coastal road to Mey.
There is a place to pull off the road and investigate the gatehouse and Lodge exterior, but when we visited the gates were locked and it did not appear as if visitors to the Lodge were welcome. Thankfully you can easily see through the gates and appreciate this excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture.
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About Castle Lodge
Address: Thurso, Highlands, Highland, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: on A836
OS: ND125 689
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Nearest Accommodation to Castle Lodge:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Castle Lodge. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.