Dunbeath Estate, with its spectacular castle perched on a high cliff-top promontory, lies on the north east coast of Scotland in the most northerly mainland county of Caithness, being 20 miles south of Wick and 90 miles north of Inverness.

In 1452 the lands of Dunbeath along with the Earldom of Caithness and other lands in the county, were granted to the Crichton family by King James II. Shortly after this these lands passed into the hands of the Clan Sinclair, becoming one of its principal strongholds, until being sold in 1945 by the late Admiral Sir Edwyn Alexander-Sinclair. Some of the buildings still bear the Sinclair crest.

Since the war the estate has had 4 owners, two of whom were American citizens before being bought in 1997 by Tertius and Claire Murray Threipland whose family has long established connections with Caithness.

They made Dunbeath their home and have carried out numerous repairs and improvements to the buildings and lands of the Estate. The Estate is run on business lines with a traditional approach towards Estate management and local employment. In 1999 Dunbeath Engineering Ltd was created to manufacture high precision parts for Mr Threiplands's other businessess and many local people are employed there and send their products out from here out all over the world.

Dunbeath Castle

Dunbeath and Glutt Estates extend to some 45,000 acres with hill ground and a fine Deer forest offering some excellent sport. The 16 mile long Dunbeath Water is a spate river with good pools. Most of old fishing pools have been re-instated and a salmon hatchery supplies fry for the river from its own stock.

Dunbeath is steeped in history and tradition with extensive research having been carried out in these areas. There are an abundance of archaeological sites scattered around with some of these at present being excavated.

The present day Dunbeath Estate has evolved greatly since those early days when the clan system was at work and is now a thriving modern Highland estate with much emphasis on welcoming visitors whether on leisure or sporting holidays. There is much to lure visitors to this far north hideaway and once tempted we find they return.


Dunbeath Estate Office - Dunbeath - Caithness - Scotland - KW6 6ED
Telephone +44 (0) 1593 731308 - Fax +44 (0) 1593 731241
E-mail enquiries@dunbeathestate.com