Guide to Caithness

One of the delights of travelling with NorthLink Ferries from Scrabster to Stromness is the journey from Inverness. During the journey northwards you will travel a distance of 110 miles, passing through Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland and finally Caithness.

Caithness is a lovely place – a land of open moorland and blanket bog (the largest in Europe; known as the Flow Country) with very few trees, some farmland and scattered settlements. It is surrounded by a dramatic coastline, much of which you’ll see on the road. The A9 and the A836 cross Caithness, as does one railway; the Far North Line.

In this guide we will cover the many lovely attractions of Caithness (and further south, to Inverness) for our passengers using the Pentland Firth service!

Rock Rose Gin – a drink to celebrate Caithness!

Rock Rose Gin – a drink to celebrate Caithness!

Located above the beautiful sandy arc of Dunnet bay in Caithness is the Dunnet Bay Distillery, run by Martin and Claire Murray. They use a unique handmade copper still to create small batches of hand-crafted spirits – including Rock Rose Gin – and started the business to be closer to their young family. With a taste unique to Caithness and a beautiful bottle, Rock Rose Gin is one of the most exciting Scottish drink brands of recent years. NorthLink were pleased to speak to Martin, who spoke passionately about distilling and the story of Dunnet Bay Distillery so far.

Scrabster

Scrabster Terminal

Find out more about the Scrabster Ferry Terminal located two miles from Thurso, including opening hours, long-stay parking, how to check in, how to find the terminal, information about access for disabled customers and much more!

Exploring the Grey Cairns of Camster

Exploring the Grey Cairns of Camster

We visited the Grey Cairns of Camster in Caithness on a cold but clear morning in January and discovered two amazingly well-preserved chambered cairns - one round and one long. We discovered the grisly history of these Neolithic burial cairns and can't recommend a visit enough!

Travel Connections to Scrabster Ferry Terminal

Travel Connections to Scrabster Ferry Terminal

Visit this page to view current information about how to get to and from the NorthLink Ferries Scrabster Ferry Terminal. Southward and Northbound bus and train times are included, as well as taxi phone numbers and other useful information!

Essential sites to visit in Caithness

Essential sites to visit in Caithness

There really is a tremendous amount to see and do in Caithness. The landscape is quite beautiful - you could fill a camera's memory card very quickly - and there are a great many lovely beaches to roll your trouser legs up on. However, if you are looking for the must-see sights of Caithness, then we've compiled a list of great places to go!

Why Caithness Horizons is an essential visit for anyone travelling to Thurso

Why Caithness Horizons is an essential visit for anyone travelling to Thurso

We were very impressed when we recently visited Caithness Horizons for the first time. This lovely museum does a brilliant job of telling the story of Caithness through informative displays and amazing artefacts. We were delighted when Joanne Howdle, the Curator and Deputy Director of Caithness Horizons, agreed to answer our questions about the museum!

A Trip to Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

A Trip to Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

We recently visited Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, located outside Wick, and can't recommend it enough. There's a great walk to the Castle, which is located precariously on a cliff edge, and the scenery here is spectacular. We learned more about the history of the castle and the restoration programme currently in place.

Ten things to do around Scrabster

Ten things to do around Scrabster

There are plenty of great things to do in Scrabster, Thurso and round about, whether you're a regular visitor or visiting for the first time. Check out our guide to plan a perfect day in Caithness! We have ten great suggestions of things to do for all ages and it needn't be expensive: there are lovely castles and museums to visit, wildlife to see and hills to climb!

Why Caithness is a great holiday destination for children

Why Caithness is a great holiday destination for children

The far North of Scotland is a lovely holiday destination. There's amazing scenery, superb wildlife and fantastic activities to undertake in Caithness (and Sutherland), but there's also some magnificent places to go and superb things to do for children - click here for a few ideas!

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