Wick Pipe Band Shows
From mid July to September each
Wednesday night the Band puts on its series of Summer Shows.
Wick Pipe Band Web
Local Caithness Galas
A range of traditional local events often to raise
money for local charities whilst having a lot of fun. They range
from one day to eight days in Wick. The events include parades of
floats with various themes often comical or poking fun at people or
events in the past year. there are shows and dances, Highland
dancing, pipers, contests - in fact almost anything that the local
committees decide on for their annual gala. The largest is held in
Wick which runs from Saturday to Saturday with an opening day parade in
the evening and finishing with a fireworks display and barbecue at the
riverside. These are all low key affairs put on in the traditional
way organised by local people. Many people return from all over
the world to visit families and friends during these gala days and
Caithness folk wherever they have gone know they can expect to meet many
old friends in the "gala week"
Halkirk Highland Games
The biggest games out of four annually in the county.
The games have all the traditional Highland Games events for heavy
athletes, track and field events, cycling , piping competitions,
Highland Dancing and much more. In recent years there has been an
upsurge in attendance at Halkirk. Clan gatherings for Sinclairs
and Gunns and their many septs also happen at the games. A
traditional Scottish Day - Sport and meeting your friends - and they now
come from all around the world those sons and daughters of Caithness.
Every one is welcome ..........................We hope you can make it.
Total prize money on offer is one of the highest in
Wick Heritage Centre
A jewel of museums is Wick Heritage Centre run by
local volunteers but who are passionate about their county and its
history. They have won prizes for their exhibits and the
collection is vast. But this is no place with a few little
trinkets it includes boats, furniture, whole rooms to walk round, many
items from past work shops especially concerned with the fishing
industry but many other trades are included especially coopering and
fish curing with a whole smoke house still in its original place with
soot still showing.
But to say nothing is too much for determined volunteers is an
understatement. The group a few years ago dismantled the whole of
the top of a light house and reconstructed the whole thing inside the
museum. Check out the whole list of small visitors centres
Museums and Visitor Centres
Jenny Mackenzie Ross
An unusual salt fired pottery is to be
found here at an old mill now used by this artist.
Highland Games take place
every year in Caithness
HIGHLAND GAMES VENUES
The Queen Mother Castle Of Mey Trust
The Castles and Pre-history of
Caithness has a huge wealth of
undiscovered and little know historic places known to locals but mainly
never seen by visitors.
Over the years they have been little publicised despite the fact that
Caithness has over 4000 prehistoric sites ranging through every age of
man. Caithness has been described as Broch Central alluding to its
huge number of these ancient structures. With perhaps about 150
Broch sites and a few very clear
such as at
Yarrows near Thrumster or Ousdale. Walking to the sites in much
of the unspoilt countryside is an experience deserted as Caithness is of
new buildings in these areas.
But some of the most spectacular sites are the Castles of Caithness.
Many stand on cliff-top sites and are crumbling or have almost
disappeared. Those that are left are indeed worthy of a look.
Care must be taken in approaching any of the sites and few are well sign
posted or have had any work to set up safety fences etc. But most
can be viewed without going onto the actual site from the surrounding
coastal paths or fields.
For much more information and pictures check our
Caithness Castles section.
More Prehistoric Sites
Tourist Information Page
North Highland Archive
To get help with your family history
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