Dunnet Head – the most northerly point of the UK mainland.
Superb views to Orkney, Scapa Flow, Cape Wrath and John o Groats. Remains of a WWII radar installation, 34 archaeological sites, information station, Dunnet Head lighthouse. Tours arranged. Walks, fishing, cycling. Great for wildlife and sea birds – puffins can be seen between May and July. Purchase our products on line at www.dunnethead.co.uk and our magazine at www.letsgonorth.com
Remains of WWII radar installation, superb views to Dunnet Bay, Thurso, Cape Wrath. Less accessible than Dunnet Head – 4×4 required to negotiate the track. More information in the accommodation and in the booklet Corners of Caithness – Dunnet – available for download – as above.
Dunnet Forest is a pleasant, peaceful and sheltered woodland in which to walk. There are walking, cycling and horse riding trails in the forest, and, Dunnet Beach with its three miles of golden beach opposite, its a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. Tel: 01847 821527. . www.dunnetforest.org.
Dunnet Bay Countryside, Ranger Base (Seadrift)-
Wildlife display. Find out about the natural history of Caithness and Sutherland or join the Ranger Service on their free guided walks. Open afternoons June to September, closed Saturdays. Tel 01847 821531.
If you want to find out more about the area, visit Caithness Horizons, the museum in Thurso located in the old Town Hall and Carnegie Library, that tells the story of Caithness. The exhibitions and displays cover geology and archaeology, the natural and social history, the Picts and the Vikings, and the story of local heroes like Robert Dick and Alexander Bain. They also interpret the development of the Dounreay nuclear establishment and its impact on the region. The museum has a programme of temporary exhibitions and talks and events. more>>>>
Castlehill Heritage Trail, Castletown-
Walk round site of 19th century flagstone works. Follow the stone from quarry to cutting yard to export from Harbour. In magnificent coastal setting. Tel: 01847 821204.
Castle of Mey-
The late Queen Mother´s home in Caithness, now owned by Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.
Tel: 01847 851473. www.castleofmey.org.uk
Dunbeath Heritage Centre-
Explore the rich past of a Caithness strath. Neil M. Gunn´s “Highland River” and “Silver Darlings” landscape. Local history, guided walks, art installations. Bookshop. Open daily from Apr to Oct. Mon-Fri from Nov. to Mar. Tel: 01593 731233
Laidhay Croft Museum, Dunbeath-
A typical rush thatched Caithness long.house incorporating dwelling, byre and stable. A free standing cruck constructed barn is also on site. Laidhay gives a glimpse into the life of the crofting people. Open Easter to October. Tel: 01593 731244.
Waterlines Visitor Centre, Lybster-
Lybster´s history as Scotland´s third largest herring port and the natural history of the area. Video and live TV of nesting bird colonies. Facilities for yachtsmen. Coffee shop. Open daily May to September. Tel 01593 721520.
Clan Gunn Museum, Latheron-
Follow one of Scotland´s oldest clans from its Norse origin to the present day, it skirmishes with other local clans and the Sctosmen who discovered America before Columbus. Video presentation, clan archive and shop.Open from 1st June to end September and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Sunday. Entry to the exhibition: Adults £2.50. In depth studies of materials: £5.00. Tel: 01593 741700.
Caithness Archaeological Trust-
The Grey Cairns of Camser remain among the best preserved chambered cairns in Northern Scotland. Careful excavation and restoration makes them accessible to visitors. Open all year. For other sites visit
Clan Sinclair Study Centre, Noss Head, Wick-
A collection of 3000 books and other research material which is a must for scholars and historians who are interested in Scottish History, Freemasonry, The Crusades and Knights Templar. Tel: 01955 606700. www.clansinclair.org
Wick Heritage Museum-
The largest museum in the North of Scotland. Allow at least 1.5 hours for your visit. There is enough nostalgia and information to last you a lifetime!
Tel: 01955 605393. Email: email@example.com.
Pulteney Distillery, Wick-
The most northern distillery on the Scottish Mainland. Discover the history and art of Scottish whisky making. Purchase and hand fill your own bottle of cask strength whisky. Open all year Mon – Fri.
Tel 01955 602371. www.oldpulteney.com.
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, Noss Head-
The finest medieval castle in the north of Scotland currently the subject of a conservation programme. www.clansinclair.org
Lyth Arts Centre-
A multi-purpose arts venue presenting a varied programme of music, theatre and visual art. Open daily July and August for a summer exhibition showing various artists´work. Home-baking and refreshments available.
Tel. 01955 641270. www.lytharts.org.uk
Last House Museum, John o Groats-
The museum features John o´Groats of yesteryear, including photographs and a collection of artefacts. Photographs of shipwrecks in the Pentland Firth and Scapa Flow. Enjoy view of the island of Stroma and Dunnet Head. Open all year.
Tel: 01955 611250.
RSPB Forsinard Peatlands Reserve-
Vast open bog nature reserve in the internationally renowned “Flow Country”. Explore the myriad bog pools, dragonflies and birds on regular guided walks or our 1.5km pool trail. Visitor centre (3 star) open Easter to October.
Tel: 01641 571225. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scottish Natural Heritage-
National Nature Reserves (NNR) and other sites ranging from Achanarras Fossil Quarry and geological trails at Knockan Crag to Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) at Dunnet Head.
Discover the rich history of the area through the wide-ranging collection of artefacts. Learn about the Strathnaver Clearances. Visit the MacKay room. Find the Farr Stone and reconstructed “kist” burial chamber. Great walks. Adjacent café and parking. Mon – Sat.
Tel: 01641 521418.
North West Highlands Geopark, Assynt-
Scotland´s first GEOPARK, extending over 2000 sq.km. comprising some of Britain´s finest mountain and coastal landscapes with a wealth of classic rock formations which are internationally recognised for geological research. Contact Assynt Visitor Centre. Tel: 01571 844330.
Mary Anns Cottage, Dunnet-
Historic cottage showing how successive generations of one family lived and worked over 150 years. Display of 19th century farming implements. Visitors are personally conducted on a tour which brings the life Mary-Ann´s story. Open June to September. Tues – Sun. Tel: 01847 851765.
For all you surfers out there who want to know what the conditions are like, visit this website:- http://magicseaweed.com/Thurso-Surf-Report/47/