Rose Croft holiday cottage is situated at Swiney, one mile south of Lybster, a small
fishing village on the North East coast of Scotland. It is accessed by a private
road off the A99. If you click on the interactive map below you will be able move
around the local area and zoom in and out to show places further afield.
Your Friendly Neighbours
In Lybster village there is a Post Office which sells newspapers and a convenience
store that is open late, 7 days a week. The Portland Arms Hotel and the Bay View
Hotel provide good food. Lybster harbour was once a busy herring fishing port, and
recently the old herring storage buildings have been restored and converted into
a visitor centre and coffee shop.
Within easy reach of Rose Croft are the attractive small harbours at Latheronwheel
and Dunbeath. Also at Dunbeath is the Heritage Centre focusing on early settlers,
crofting, fishing and the writer Neil Gunn. On the way to Dunbeath is Laidhay Croft
Museum with tearoom. The museum has examples of early agricultural equipment and
a typical early croft house interior.
The Clan Gunn Museum, near Latheron, portrays the clan history.
Early archaeological remains can be found at the Cairns of Camster, the Hill of Many
Stanes at Clyth, the standing stones at Achavanich and various sites at Loch of Yarrows
Slightly further afield near Keiss is the Northlands Viking centre, which explains
the Viking influence on the area.
In Wick is the Heritage Museum which tells the story of Wick as the centre of the
herring industry in the 19th century. Wick is also home to the Pulteney Distillery,
the most northerly mainland distillery in the UK. There is a large Tesco with a Petrol
Station selling fuel at competitive prices, and also a swimming pool.
On the north coast of Caithness is the Castle of Mey, formerly summer home to the
Queen Mother, with its gardens, a children’s pet centre, and a very attractive visitor
centre with tea room.
For fishing enthusiasts, Caithness is famous for its wild brown trout in its many
lochs. There is good salmon fishing on the Thurso River and from Scrabster you can
How to get to Caithness
From Edinburgh and Glasgow it is roughly 300 miles, a 4/5 hour drive with some spectacular
scenery on the way. We can recommend eating places en route.
You can also get the train or fly to Wick and hire a car. You can also fly to Inverness
(2 hour journey to Rose Croft).