Places to See & Things to Do!

 

 There are many places to visit and interesting things to see while staying in Wick.

 

  • A trip to John O'Groats is a good place to start. This is the “end of the line” for those travelling north through Scotland. There are many locals craft shops here to potter about in and you must get your photograph taken beside the famous John O’Groats signpost!  A mere two miles along the road is the magnificent Duncansby Stacks. A geological phenomenon, the stacks never fail to take your breath away. The cliff walk around the coast comes highly recommended as the views are breathtaking.

 

  • Dunnet is one of the highlands best kept secrets. It boasts of one the most beautiful beaches in the north of Scotland, a popular forest trail which is great for family days out and Dunnet Head is the country’s most Northenly point on the mainland, offering fantastic views out to the Orkney Isles.

 

  •  The Castle Of Mey is a great local attraction and well worth experiencing the guided tour. The Castle was originally constructed by 1572. In 1952 Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, saw the Castle and despite its poor condition, she purchased it that year and set about renovating and restoring both the Castle and its gardens. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here and the royal family still visit it.

 

  • Thurso is a town of similar size to Wick with various local attractions. Nearby Scrabster is where you can get the North Link Ferries to Stomness in the Orkney Islands.  The Orkney Islands make a fantastic day trip – you can soak up rural life and experience its vast wealth of archaeological sites of interest, including Neolithic villages, burial tombs and impressive stone circles.

 

  • Closer to Wick, are the Camster Cairns, some of the best-preserved Neolithic burial mounds in Scotland. They date from around 3500BC. A trip here is fun and educational for everyone!

 

  • For the active angler, naturalist, ornithologist or photographer there are a multitude of facilities both local and further afield, with castles, lochs and rivers all within easy reach and there is an abundance of wildlife and countryside to explore.