Land Of The Cat People
Land Of The Vikings
Land Of The Picts
Land Of Highland Clans
Land Of Castles
Land Of The Coast
Land Of Inventors
Land Of Agricultural Innovation
Land Of The Herring
Land Of Writers
Caithness - The Diverse
Caithness has a rich heritage much of it lying intact all round the
coast and within the chambered cairns, stone circles, forts and many other
stone dwellings right up to the "The Clearances" Thousands of years
of history can be seen with sites often within hundreds of yards of each
other but spanning hundreds and sometimes thousands of years.
What Is There To Do?
You Will Not Have Time To See Half Of It
Caithness is still not well sign posted for visitors. It is a
working county of farmers, fishermen and many other industries including
the largest Dounreay the nuclear establishment. Many of the places
of interest take a little research or map reading to find. But
most are easy to get to and the locals can always point you in the right
direction. You are more like to be standing at ancient places on
your own than anywhere else in the UK as Caithness and Sutherland are
amongst the least populated parts of Britain. You will still
find lively and noisy nights out in Wick and Thurso if you want them.
Young folk are no different in the north when they go out to enjoy
themselves. Pubs and clubs are busiest at Weekends throughout the
Caithness offers a wide
variety of things to do. This page may give you some ideas but
much of the fun is discovering the area for yourself. The county
although small has a long coastline sitting as it does the furthest
north of mainland Scotland. From its famous peat bogs which are
rich in plants and wildlife to a wide range of activities. Driving
is a pleasure due to the many quiet roads which cross the county and
taking the back country single track roads will get you around at a more
relaxing pace. We have lots of information about
Caithness. Email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you need to know.
Castle Of Mey
is the only castle open to the public although Dunbeath Castle gardens are
one on specific days with proceeds going to charity.
Caithness has all of the
facilities for a family holiday from local amenities like tennis courts,
swimming pools, bowling (both green and ten pin).
The county has
four golf courses
not try a Trial Flying Lesson with
North Aviation at Wick Airport and see Caithness from the
air. Or even a series of lessons towards getting your wings.
Even if you do not go on to get your pilot's licence it's a great way to
see the county.
The county has a number
and heritage centres, several
castles and many archealogical
sites which can be visited free of charge. The
sites do not have visitor centres so it is possible to imagine yourself
back in the time periods they were built. Caithness has over 100
Brochs (Pictish buildings) and many are clearly visible as the one at Yarrows
which stands near a large number of prehistoric
stones, circles, huts and cairns.
These are only a few suggestions on this page. the rest of the
web site is full of possibilities from Kite flying and buggying at Dunnet
Beach. Riding horses and ponies or taking lessons.
For accommodation there is the luxury of
Ackergill Tower or Dale House now given over to top quality conferences,
and private house parties for a few days or a week. A range of
comfortable hotels in many price brackets or friendly Caithness Bed and
Breakfast houses where many tourists stay each year.
Is There More? - Definitely Yes
Most folk who have never been to the most northerly part of mainland
Scotland have only a hazy idea of what it is like - a vague knowledge that
Wick appears on the BBC weather maps or that it is a wind swept treeless
place near the sea. The temperatures is indeed cooler than most of
the rest of Britain but that hides as is often the case in the Highlands a
truly friendly people welcoming to strangers - and long lost relatives who
come in greater numbers over the years to find their roots at the North
Highland Archive. A growing number of people are coming to see the coastal
viking castle sites or the much old Pictish Brochs. Caithness has
more Brochs and pictish stones around the county than almost anywhere else
- a well kept secret. More sites than Orkney and yet nearly all
remain undug by archaeologists or anyone else. Only in recent years
have local people begun to realise the untapped historical wealth under
their feet. Several projects are underway to finally take a closer
look and interpret more of the Caithness heritage
Whisky Visitor Centre
Take the distillery tour at the most northerly mainland visitor
centre showing the process of making Old Pulteney whisky.
Coast Marine Adventures
Available at many different locations on sea, lochs and rivers.
Wildlife In Caithness
is abundant in over and around Caithness. With many natural
habitats a huge range of bird life from the many sea
cliffs to bogs, hedgerows
and pastureland both natural and unspoilt hill. Dunnet
Bay has several features of interest
being a headland with cliffs, a lighthouse, a bay, and a forest with
signposted footpaths. Photographs of the rich diversity can
be found in the
Caithness Biodiversity photo collection.
There are many walks
in the county of interest and several ideas have been put together by a
variety of groups and individuals. They vary in length both in
towns and in the country side. Or join one of the guided walks
Highland Ranger Service or
groups that arrange walks on a wide variety of themes.
Watching is fantastic in Caithness with sea cliffs, forests and peatlands and drystane walling providing great natural habitats.
The Bird List for the Dunnet Bay area alone is enough to
ensure many pleasant hours spotting in the uncluttered countryside.
Places In Caithness
our growing A to Z
to see range of villages, churches and other interesting
places on the back roads of the county. with a low population spread
out over the most northerly mainland county there is no shortage of roads
to drive around in.
City Duncansby Head
Caithness has a vibrant arts scene with music and drama
groups involved in a wide variety of different performances at different
times of the year. Small theatres play host to professional and
prize winning local drama groups. Watch out for some of Wick or
Thurso Players - Two groups who are usually sell-outs at their
There are Galas around
the county and Highland Games mainly in July and August. the
Caithness County show is an agricultural show where many people have an
annual day out. If you are interested in farming then this is one
for you. Even if you are not there are many other attractions on at
are a number of Art galleries
in Caithness - commercial and within the public library in
Wick. Lyth Arts
Centre often has exhibitions of artist during the summer months.
The Society of Caithness Artists
has its annual show in Thurso Town Hall.
is available for the hardy at many secluded beaches. If the
climate is not for you then there are public swimming
pools in Thurso and Wick.
for the really out-door minded there are two outdoor pools -
the Trinkie and the North Baths At Wick
Ancestors of a few folk from Caithness take a dip to swim in the pools
there grandparents or earlier swam in.
With a long fishing history the coast has many small
secluded harbours and inlets with piers and with a variety craft.
Maps of Caithness and other map