established in 1851

Although we've made the hotel our home since 2007, the Melvich Hotel has been a favourite with water sportsmen since Victorian times.

Overlooking the headland and a stone’s throw from the excellent salmon fishing on the Halladale River, discerning fishermen, colonial visitors and minor royalty alike have been enjoying its warm hospitality since the 1800's - as you will read in the original guest books you can find in our resident's lounge. Today, however, the beautiful north coast is even more attractive (and accessible) with world class surf breaks, fantastic climbing and walking nearby, salmon and trout fishing in the local lochs and rivers, not to mention the wide open beaches just waiting for exploration.

Nestled in the centre of the coast, Melvich is ideal for those discovering the North Coast 500 route or just looking for a few days of rest and relaxation in Sutherland & Caithness. So get the map out, plot your itinerary (feel free to contact us for any tips or advice - we know the road quite well) and find your way north to Melvich.


We're looking forward to welcoming all to the hotel and plan to ensure those visiting this year will find the same warm hospitality enjoyed by those intrepid guests in 1850.


Rob & Jo.


Surfers Against Sewage

We are proud supporters of Surfers Against Sewage and their fight to keep our beaches and oceans clean. We are surrounded by incredible coastline, sandy beaches and varied sea wildlife here in Melvich and aim to work to keep it that way for many many more centuries to come.

Click through for all the details about their #AutumnBeachClean

North Coast 500

Melvich sits at 262 miles around (from the west) the North Coast 500 and we are in the perfect spot to split your weekend/ week-long/ fortnightly road trip.

Plan your trip and get all the details about this spectacular route from the official website!

Venture North

Local tourism organisation Venture North works to promote Caithness and Sutherland all its hard working, adventurous local businesses - check out their website for events, image galleries, tour guides, the heritage app and all the skinny on October-scheduled food fest Taste North 2019.


North Coast Watersports

If you’re looking to learn a new skill, perfect your pop up or just get in the water with people who know their stuff - call North Coast Watersports.

Experts in surf tuition, coastal exploration, good chat and excellent value for money, Iona & Fin are the ones to speak to when it comes to surf lessons and hire.

Check their website for contact details and rates, or have a look at our surf + stay pages for details of the September Swell weekend and our promo rates.