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The Sheiling Guest House
Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
North Coast of the Highlands of Scotland
5 stars Welcome Host AA 5 Diamonds

Joan and Hugh Campbell
The Sheiling Guest House - Melvich by Thurso - Sutherland KW14 7YJ
Tel/Fax: 01641 531256

Sheiling B&B Scotland

In an unrivalled position overlooking Melvich Bay, 16 miles west of Thurso, the charm and elegance of this quiet house is enhanced by the warm friendliness of its Sutherland born owners, Joan and Hugh Campbell.

The Sheiling achieved the coveted Golden Egg AA Award for Breakfasts in 2003 and Joan was also a runner up in the AA 2003 Landlady of the Year Award.

In addition to being a member of Scotland's Best B&Bs with a Scottish Tourist Board grading of 5 Stars, The Sheiling is also an award winner with the 'Which? Good Bed & Breakfast Guide' and enjoys 5 Diamond AA status. It is also recommended by acclaimed guide books such as Off the Beaten Track, Stilwell's, The Rough Guide and 'Le Guide du Routard'.

bedroom photo The Sheiling is a non-smoking establishment with 2 double rooms and 1 twin room all with ensuite shower rooms.
All rooms offer extremely comfortable beds with freshly ironed linen and are decorated to a very high standard. One looks out over the patio garden and the other two rooms give breathtaking views over Melvich Bay.

Generous hospitality trays and complimentary toiletries welcome the weary traveller to where you can be guaranteed a good night in this quiet and peaceful crofting village.
Your day begins with a leisurely breakfast in the beautiful regency dining room where you can enjoy a range of fresh local produce in a convivial atmosphere where your host ensures your every need is met. dining room photo

Breakfast can include a selection of fresh fruits, cereals, homemade yoghurt, oatcakes, Caithness honey, homemade jams and marmalade, local oatmeal porridge, smoked haddock or smoked salmon with eggs, wild brown trout or fresh herring in oatmeal, Aberdeen kippers, or the traditional Scottish fried breakfast! Click here to view our breakfast menu.

lounge photo The Sheiling is fully centrally heated throughout and the comfortable lounge is open all day.

The TV lounge with its commanding views over Melvich Bay has a plethora of tourism information and books to suit most tastes.

AA 5 Diamonds Review by the AA
The Sheiling Guest House continues to shine as a national beacon for all that is outstanding in guest accommodation in the British Isles. A tour of the house revealed that cleanliness standards are impeccable whilst maintenance levels are so good one might be forgiven for thinking that the house is annually redecorated. It was also good to see the bedrooms so richly furnished and that extra space has been created through innovative thinking. The lounge also impressed, especially the high quality leather seating in which guests clearly enjoy taking in the views. The communal dining table for breakfast remains a key feature of this house and on this visit the dining room was, as always, superbly presented. Our maximum rating of Five Diamonds reflects the ongoing commitment to high standards.


We are approximately two and a half hours drive north of Inverness and just over an hour east of Durness.
Situated in 15 acres of hill crofting ground, The Sheiling offers delightful walks on the croft as well as good clean private parking at the end of the driveway leading off the scenic A836 coastal route.

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The local hotel and restaurant are each situated a half mile on either side of The Sheiling if you want to eat in the village. You may choose to eat at Strathy Inn, four miles to the west of Melvich and after dinner a drive to Strathy Point could be rewarded with one of our glorious sunsets. Why not try various venues dotted along the coast incorporating your evening meal into your day out.


Ben Loyal from Tongue
Ben Loyal from Tongue
Caithness and Sutherland are rich in history and spectacular scenery. Here are just a few ideas of what to see and do in our beautiful part of the Highlands:
  • Walk our wonderful beaches or take to the hills - the choice is yours!
  • Visit the RSPB's Reserve at Forsinard - 20 minutes drive through the beautiful Strath Halladale.
  • Stay at The Sheiling on your way to/from the Orkney Islands - the car ferry terminal at Scrabster is just 20 minutes drive away.
  • Take a wildlife cruise from John O'Groats or a day trip from there to Orkney (maxi and mini sightseeing coach tours run daily throughout the summer).
  • Visit the historic buildings of Thurso - an old Norse settlement - and Scotland's most northerly mainland town.
  • See the late Queen Mother's Castle of Mey - open to visitors and only 40 minutes drive away.
  • Loch Eriboll
  • Play golf at nearby Reay - a popular 18-hole course with club house.
  • Go swimming or indulge in the spa and sauna at Bettyhill's Leisure Pool only 12 miles west of Melvich.
  • Visit the local Tourist Information Centre and the Strathnaver Museum while in the picturesque village of Bettyhill.
  • Leave your car and walk up the rivers and burnsides for peace, broken only by the call of the birds.
  • Heritage centres and museums abound. Brochures in a book at The Sheiling help plan your day.

Heading westwards you can drive over to Tongue with its magnificent sea and mountain views, and ruins of Castle Varrich. Continue west to Durness where there is an excellent visitor centre, craft village and headland walks. The energetic can climb down to the famous Smoo Cave and take a boat trip inside.

A few miles away is the most north-westerly point on the British mainland - Cape Wrath. This remote spot with spectacular cliffs and lighthouse by Robert Stevenson can be visited during the tourist season by special boat and minibus.


Bed & Breakfast costs £30 per person per night.

We have 2 double rooms and 1 twin room.
Open from April to October.

Please note that due to holidays we cannot deal with any booking enquiries
sent between 2nd February 2005 and 10th March 2005
Please contact us before then if you can.


This highly recommended home and its convenient location have too much to offer for a mere one night stay!
The usual minimum stay from May to September is 2 nights.

Our policy, which includes a non refundable deposit of 20 per room plus 10 each extra night to a ceiling of 50, allows cancellation with no further costs up to 48 hours prior to noon on the day of arrival, after which, if we are unable to let the room we are obliged to ask for compensation, so of course we encourage our guests to insure against this happening.

Payments by Credit Card will have the 2% Bank Charges added to the total.

We are pleased to share the happy atmosphere of our much loved home with our guests in a genuine desire to ensure your holiday in Caithness and Sutherland is remembered for all the right reasons. We are here for your pleasure and during these months, our home is your home.

The Sheiling B&B, Melvich

To book or request more information, please contact us direct:
Joan and Hugh Campbell
The Sheiling Guest House
Melvich - By Thurso - Sutherland KW14 7YJ
Tel/Fax: 01641 531256

View our award-winning breakfast menu

We look forward to welcoming you to The Sheiling!


Last update January 2005
Copyright for text and photos: Joan Campbell and Joanne Mackenzie-Winters
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