Important Announcement

On Thursday 10th September 2020, the Scottish Government has implement a new policy for all guests entering the hotel building, including Hotel Staff to wear a Face Protection Covering as of 14th September 2020.

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 near, so why not treat yourself to a staycation at the Ulbster Arms Hotel? 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. If you have been lucky enough on the River, they can even cook your catch for dinner.

Our COVID-19 Programme

Our focus is on social distancing, hygiene through thorough handwashing and facilities. Delivery plan to safely reopen the business from the perspective of guests and team members. Please read our COVID-19 guidelines for further information.

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Certificates of Excellence

  • 2016

  • 2015

  • 2014

  • 2013

We booked for Sunday lunch as we were visiting family in Halkirk. The waitress was fantastic, she was very professional, friendly and chatty, even making a smaller sundae for our mum, which was delicious.

purplemumma2016, October 2018

We stayed here on 29th September for one night in room no 1... it was absolutely fantastic, the room was clean with a lovely view. Had a good night sleep in the super king size bed.

Josie B, October 2018

Friendly and welcoming staff and an excellent lunch in the cosy and atmospheric bar. We stayed here several years several years ago and decided to call in for lunch on our way home. Food was excellent and great value. Fabulously fresh crab and prawn sandwiches and soup.

KGB144, April 2018

Thank you for the recommendation to make the trip to the Ulbster Arms. It was worth the 16 mile trip from our hotel for dinner. Superb service and excellent food. Really good quality food and great value. Well worth the visit.

Dan H, April 2018