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Caithness Tourist Information

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Travel To Caithness

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A to Z

Links & Information

Hotels

Bed and Breakfast

 Backpackers

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Angling - Fishing

Golf In Caithness

   

Accommodation In Caithness

Tourist Information Centres in Caithness

  • John O'Groats County Road, Tel:01955-611373

  • VisitScotland Old Town Hall High Street Thurso Caithness KW14 8AJ Tel: 01847 893155 Email: thurso@visitscotland.com Web : www.visithighlands.com

  • Wick Tel 0845 2255121 www.visithighlands.com
    An information point is now located at McAllans, High Street, Wick for Visitors once they are in Wick.  A FREE phone is located there to contact local places to stay.

North Highlands - Scotland

Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board

Castle Of Mey
Castle of Mey Enquiries and Bookings Tel 01847 851473

MAPS
Caithness Road /Rail Map

Where to Stay in Caithness

Caithness Business Index contains many useful contacts.

Things to do in Caithness - A few ideas.

Caithness - Visitor Attractions

Holiday Letting North Scotland
Self Catering Houses.

Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board
Brochure Hot Line
0845 22 55 121
PO Box 9, Highland Avenue, Dunoon PA 23 8QQ

Other Tourist Boards

Fishing In Caithness

Some Places of Interest
North Highland Archive Wick
Heritage Centre  Wick
the biggest museum in the north
Caithness Museums
Walking in Caithness
Archaeological Sites
Seabird City Duncansby Head

Caithness Horizons

Community Web Sites
A to Z of Scottish Towns Web Sites
Highland Motorcycle Holidays

Undiscovered Scotland
Visit Britain
Royal Family Web Site
Visit Scotland
Street Maps UK
British Waterways

Tour Guides
Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association

See Also
Back Packing

Tourist Boards In Scotland

Tourism Business News & Links

Other Links
Scottish Youth Hostels
I.B.H.S
Travel Scotland
Scottish Holidays
Small Group Tours
AA Hotel Guide UK
Britain USA.com
Quarantine Regulations
Late Rooms in UK
Youth Hostels UK
Highland Hostels


Check out
Undiscovered Britain based in USA

Good Beach Guide
British Holidays & Home Parks Assoc.

Universal Currency Converter

Hiker/Biker
UK Travel Guide
Scottish Cycling Database
Tour Scotland Classic Cars
London Underground Guide
Maps for Caithness & UK
UK Passports

Welcome To Scotland
Wilkommen In Schottland
Bienvenue en Ecosse

Caravan And Camping Site At Wick
The caravan and camping site is once again open for business after much work by Mr & Mrs Miller cutting grass, clearing rubbish painting and bringing in new picnic tables and flower baskets not to mention all new electric hook-ups etc. the wick caravan and camping site is set in an ideal location near the Wick river and just a few minutes walk into Wick for shops, meals etc.

Breathtaking jet boat tours along the Caithness coast to see seals and other sealife.  Fantastic views of the sea birds.


 

Sea Tours From Wick 

Guided Wildlife Tours From Ardmore Wildlife

Transport In Caithness
Need To Hire A Car See Transport Hire
Need A Taxi  - See Taxis
Airports Wick has an airport with regular flights with links to Orkney and the south.
Rail  - See First Scot Rail to check times etc
Railways
Train Taxi  For taxi telephone numbers at most UK train stations
For Buses  - See City Link Buses
There are also local buses in Caithness

Travel Agents in Caithness

Ferry Companies
John O'Groat Ferry Company Ferry from John O'Groats To Orkney - Company also runs bus tours of Orkney.
Northlink Orkney and Shetland Ferries - Scrabster Stromness

Pentland Ferries - From Gills, Caithness to St Margaret's Hope Car Ferry - shortest route for cars - low cost.
Ferries Pages For Caithness for photos etc
Caledonian  MacBrayne Ferries Western Isles and other parts.  Orkney and Shetland have many inter-island ferries

Ross Tours - Can Take Bikes, Golf Clubs and More
George Ross knows the north of Scotland well.  His bus can take seven passengers and the trailer behind is capable of storing lots of luggage, golf clubs or even bicycles.

 

Places To See In Caithness

Caithness has much to see whether its the countryside and spectacular coastline leading you round many clifftop views and many geos and inlets full of harbours both in use and abandoned.  This page list just a few suggestions.  A browse through the A - Z will lead you to many more places

Caithness has had many ups and downs that give rise to interesting places form a historical perspective in the many prehistoric sites and later castles and country houses.  Although the country houses are not open one or two offer accommodation allowing anyone to sample the grander aspects of living ion an estate without the responsibilities of running one.  The Castles of Caithness are mainly in spectacular locations on the cliffs and mostly are ruins.  But the sheer number of them will amazed anyone tracking them on the coast.  Little has been publicised about the Caithness Castles and few visitors ever see them because of this.  They are heavily connected in many cases to the clans Sinclair and Gunn.  Many families from Reginald De Cheyne to later periods of the Keiths and Mowats and others resonate through time to present day population who have sprung from these warrior clans who then went from these shores in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries to see the world.

Caithness has over 4000 monuments dating from Prehistoric right up the more recent Highland Clearances era.  Most are not signposted and require a map and asking some questions of local people.  The great part is that most of Caithness is unspoilt.  No one had touched most of it.  The castles and monument sites are all free and stand often on spectacular coastal sites or near waterways and in the low hills.

A walk round the rugged coast or the wetter inland areas of peat bog (now part of the worlds best preserved area of natural peat bog and its flora and fauna) will let anyone see that to survive in earlier times meant strength, ingenuity and the need to continually strive for improvements.  That legacy still remains to this day and despite the downturn in many industries the people of Caithness have survived through the worst of times in several centuries and still came out intact enjoying life to the full wherever they went.

To visit and look at the views is one thing but to find out how the place ticks take a little longer.  But a stroll through Caithness.org and a look at what happens now and some of the historical articles might begin to give the traveller an idea of what Caithness is about.

The coastal views are superb and if you come in the springtime you will be amazed by the tens of thousands of nesting seabirds at Dunnet or Duncansby There are many other great places in Caithness to see birds and wildlife.

Pipe Bands In Caithness
Pipe bands are well represented in Caithness with two senior bands and two junior bandsThey attend many public performances especially in the summer months but are also rto be seen at functions throughout the yearWick Pipe band especially plays in the Market Square on selected nights  - see local notices.  Wick Pipe Band also run a very popular Scottish evening every Wednesday in the summer months at the Pip Band Hall in the high Street.  Check the What's On for details.
If you want to see the Pipe bands try these links
Wick Pipe Band
Thurso Pipe Band

John Corbett Memorial Bird Hide & Art Gallery
At St John's Loch
 

Unique visitors' attraction opens in Caithness
For people who enjoy art and bird-watching, Caithness now has a unique venue which manages to combine both interests in one beautiful setting.  Visitors can now see a range of original works and high quality prints by local wildlife and landscape artist Julian Smith at his exhibition on the north shores of St. John's Loch.  Julian Smith runs a gallery 'Artsmith' nearby.  A huge number of birds can be seen at St John's Loch depending on the time of day.  See  the Bird Watching section.

Places To See On The Way To Caithness
Scotland is bigger than people think.  It has very long coastline and roads often follow the sweeps of the coast.  Tourist soften make the mistake of thinking they can drive round it in a couple of days.  This is far from possible unless you are driving 24 hours a day.  the highlands of Scotland in particular has lower roads less, dual carriageways and no motorways.  In may parts the further north you go is like stepping back in time in places with single track roads.  Yes they have tar and surfaces are good but you must continually stop or slow down to allow oncoming traffic to pass.  It is more leisurely pace but you must allow much longer for your trip.  and anyway it allows you to take in the fabulous scenery whether mountains or along the coastal routes.
Sutherland - the big neighbour south of Caithness
For places to stay in Sutherland Business Index

For other places in the north we have been see -
Highland Views