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Creels at Brora harbour, Location of Culgower House, Helmsdale harbour

Culgower House is just off the A9 road, 63 miles (102 km) north of Inverness. Driving from Inverness to Culgower House takes just over an hour. 

Inverness has an airport with scheduled direct flights from London and many regional UK airports, including the Scottish Islands. It also has direct flights to Amsterdam and seasonal flights to Geneva.  Car hire is available from both Inverness airport and railway station as well as locally in Brora. There are railway stations at both Brora and Helmsdale with regular trains  serving the north Highlands and, via Inverness, the rest of Scotland as well as London and other English mainline stations. There is an overnight sleeper service between Inverness and London.

Ferries to the Orkney Islands leave from three Caithness ports, all just over an hour's drive north.

road directions

We do not have a bed and breakfast sign, but there are slate house signs on the wall which are visible from the road both north and south bound. If you are using a sat nav or GPS we suggest that you use grid reference NC 97557, 11935 as the post code covers a large area.

From the south follow the A9 out of Inverness towards Thurso.
  • Keep on the A9 for 56 miles (90 km), going through the village of Brora.
  • After a further 5 miles (8 km) you will pass a small village sign for Loth.
  • Continue along the A9 for another 2 miles (3 km), past a church below the road on your right and past a small direction sign for Lothmore on the road-side on your left.
  • Take the next turning left off the A9 (approximately 400m), our drive leads sharply up on your left from that junction.

From the north follow the A9 through Helmsdale and Portgower.
  • Just outside Portgower you will pass a large stone marked 'West Garty Farm' on your left.
  • Continue for 1 mile (1.5 km), turn right off the A9 after the 'road narrows' road sign.
  • Our drive leads up from that junction.
You can download a map of the local area which shows the location of our house from Google.

links to help you plan your journey

Airline details are available through Inverness airport.

Car hire The closest is Northern Car Hire, based in Brora. Avis, Hertz, Rhino, Sixt and Focus Vehicle Rental all offer car hire at Inverness Airport. Most will deliver cars to the railway station as well. 

LEJOG or JOGLE Cycle transport If you are looking for transport to get your bike to/ from John O'Groats try Highland Cycle Transport or John O'Groats Bike Transport. The trains offer a limited amount of bike transport which they recommend should be pre-booked.

Train timetables and tickets through National Rail enquiries.

Caledonian Sleeper service overnight sleeper service between Inverness and London's Euston station.

Bus services Stagecoach operate a regular bus service between Inverness and Thurso which will stop on request at our road end; also Macleod's operate a regular service between Lairg and Helmsdale which will also stop on request at our road end.

Orkney ferries there are three ferry routes from Caithness to Orkney, all three ports are just over one hour north of Culgower House.  Northlink Ferries operate from Scrabster to Stromness. Pentland Ferries operate from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope. John O'Groats Ferries operate from John O'Groats to Burwick and also offer day bus tours of Orkney from John O'Groats.

Culgower House, Loth, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6HP, Scotland
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