Welcome to Ulbster Arms Hotel

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Welcome to the Ulbster Arms Hotel

Situated in the village of Halkirk, on the banks of the river Thurso and sturdily built of Caithness stone, this one time Sinclair family home has been a comfortable retreat for shooting, fishing, corporate and holiday guests for over 150 years.

Winter Specials for Two

Winter is fast approaching, so why not treat yourself to a staycation at the Ulbster Arms Hotel? Starting from the 6th November, we will include two night’s accommodation, in one of our premium hotel rooms inclusive of a continental or full Scottish breakfast.


Following our recent renovations and refurbishments, we have now created 9 new lodge rooms – Our Dale Lodge contains 7 small double ensuite bath or shower rooms and 2 family ensuite bath or shower rooms, We have also renovated our new Executive Lodge - ‘Milton Lodge’ - which contains 4 ensuite bath or shower rooms – all rooms contain tea & coffee making facilities, remote controlled televisions, Wi-Fi internet connectivity, etc.


Our head Chef, Craig Brown, and his highly skilled team of local Chefs prepare menus each day, reflecting local seasonal fresh produce.

Our COVID-19 Programme

On the 18th April, 2022, the Scottish Government announced the lifting of mandatory face-coverings for public places as we progress out of lockdown. It is no longer a requirement for Staff and Guests to wear a face-covering inside the Hotel. We fully respect the individual's discretion if they decide to continue wearing a face-covering or if they chose not to. Our focus is on hygiene, hand-washing and sanitation facilities that are available throughout the Hotel. Please read our COVID-19 guidelines for further information.

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Certificates of Excellence

  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2019

  • 2018

Allergies and Gluten Free

Our local monthly catch ups, we always choose the Ulbster Arms because we receive fantastic friendly service and our intolerances are totally cared for without any discrimination or feeling that we are a bother. Fiona and her team always look after us so well and they go the extra mile every time. Karen, Liz and Vivian 😊

Liz Mackintosh, July 2021

Excellent Food and Service.

My family had an excellent meal at The Ulbster Arms in Halkirk. Our party consisted of seven adults and five children the eldest of which was six. We dined in the marquee behind the main hotel at 5pm. The food was excellent and the service first class. Everyone enjoyed the experience and we would highly recommend this hotel.

O8838ISdavidc, July 2021

Brilliant Hotel.

This is a lovely hotel, full of character. It is very clean and the service was wonderful. We stayed in the attic room which had a free standing bath in the room. The room was very big and overlooked the river. It was lovely watching the fish jump out of the water.

jgaske777008, July 2021.

Exceptional Food.

The Ulbster Arms is a historic hotel in the tranquil village of Halkirk, within striking distance of all that Caithness has to offer. The staff are incredibly warm and friendly whilst the food is top quality. Will definitely be returning!

Jonathan W, June 2021

Fantastic Stay, Exceptional Food!

I stayed on business recently at this excellent hotel. It's really nicely decorated and I felt at home instantly! The staff were brilliant and the food was really special! Great menu and local influence and theme! Loved it

msb839, December 2020

Simply Outstanding.

From the minute we were seated in ‘the library’ to the minute we left the staff were very attentive. Wide choice on menu as well as a daily specials menu. We had duck and linguini followed by a delicious pudding of sticky toffee and apple and blueberry crumble with butterscotch sauce. Can’t fault it! Highly recommend.

584donnag, October 2020

North Coast 500 Stop Over.

Few miles off the route however well worth the time, lovely friendly Hotel staff friendly and helpful room cosy and well equipped, booked in for evening meal which was delicious good selection of food to suit all tastes on the menu, COVID compliant through out would recommend this hotel 5/5

skipper365, October 2020

Beautiful Meal and Great Service!

Visited the Ulbster Arms Hotel for an evening meal. We were shown to our table beside the fire in the cosy library. Our meal was excellent as well as the service and am looking forward to returning soon.

Nicola C, September 2020