01847 area code

Thurso and Tongue

The area code 01847 is for Thurso and Tongue, and the surrounding areas.

Locations using 01847 numbers include:

  • Barrock
  • Bridge of Westfield
  • Castletown
  • Forss
  • Halkirk
  • Reay
  • Talmine
  • Thurso
  • Tongue
  • Westerdale

The first digit of the six-digit local number usually indicates more precisely where it is associated with:

Number rangePrimary area*Other locations served
(01847) 2xxxxx  ThursoBarrock, Bridge of Westfield, Castletown, Forss, Halkirk, Reay, Westerdale
(01847) 3xxxxx  
(01847) 4xxxxx  
(01847) 5xxxxx  
(01847) 8xxxxx  
(01847) 6xxxxx  TongueTalmine
(01847) 7xxxxx  
(01847) 9xxxxx  

* Telephone companies are officially required to issue numbers according to this pattern. Some smaller or newer operators may disregard the rules and use the same series of numbers across the entire area.

Most numbers using the 01847 area code are normal Thurso and Tongue landlines but be aware that, as is the case for all UK area codes, such numbers may also be used for services without any physical link to the area. (More info)

01847 area code information

Area code:01847
Location:Thurso / Tongue
Council area:Highland
Call costs:Normal landline rate
Area code required for local calls:No
Local number length:6 digits
Number format:01847 xxxxxx
International number format:+44 1847 xxxxxx
Number shortages predicted:No
Last code change:April 1995 (previously 0847)

Area code history

Thurso and Tongue had separate area codes until some time in the 1980s. Numbers from the former Tongue 0800 area code were absorbed into the 0847 area code (which later became 01847).

As a result of these two formerly separate codes being merged, the current area code 01847 has the unusual feature of serving two separate non-adjoining areas. The Strathy 01641 area code is used between the Thurso and Tongue areas.

The 0800 prefix was reused for freephone services later in the 1980s.

Map of 01847 Thurso and Tongue area code