The Sea view Hotel was my final destination after 10 1/2 days of cycling a 970 mile route from Lands End.
Despite all that I had been told about this part of Caithness being bleak I rolled into JO'G in blazing sunshine on 27th June. The Seaview was easy to spot. I was promptly greeted at reception by one of the young and cheery staff who showed me to a room bathed in sunshine.
The room was clean, The ensuite shower/toilet was compact but perfectly adequate a generous supply of towels was laid out , tea and coffee facilities were to hand so, no complaints.
I was told where I could leave my bike, in a lock up garage unit adjoining the Hotel. This was also where my bike was to be collected from by John O Groats Bike Transport so this was doubly useful.
I booked a table in the restaurant for 7.00PM and duly sat down just before a large party of German visitors also took their places. I was initially concerned thatthe service level might be slow because of the need to cater for this large party of guests but ,in fact, the service was excellent.
After a Guiness served at a sensible temperature so that it could actually be savoured, I sampled the scotch broth....hot and reviving, followed by Beef and Ale Pie and Chips with veg. Very wholesome, well cooked , thoroughly enjoyable. I forget which dessert i opted for other than that it was delicious. All topped off with a Gaelic Coffee ,the meal was a great way to celebrate the culmination of a hard but satisfying cycling experience.
I slept very well and enjoyed an excellent breakfast before checking out and seeking out the Inverness coach.
The Bed & Breakfast charge was £50 and the dinner cost £31.00 including two Guiness and a Gaelic Cofee. For me ...great value for money. The obvious place for "End To Enders" to Aim for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small family run hotel overlooking the Pentland Firth & Orkney Islands. We are only 300 yds from the Orkney ferry terminal. We offer very comfortable modern accommodation in our newly renovated deluxe rooms, also very comfortable affordable accommodation in our standard and superior rooms. We serve meals daily in our restaurant and bar, using only the best local produce, all prepared by our team of local chefs. Our bar boasts over 120 malt whiskys, local real ale, selection of Scottish beers and a personally selected wine list. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seaview Hotel Scotland, UK