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!

My visit to the Whaligoe Steps

My visit to the Whaligoe Steps

The Whaligoe Steps zig zag down a 250ft cliff near Wick. At the bottom there's a harbour where fishing boats dropped off their catch in the past. Then fisherwomen, some as old as 70, would descend the steps, process the fish and then carry baskets of fish on their backs up the steps and walk seven miles to the fish market. We visited the Whaligoe Steps and found it to be an atmospheric and rewarding place to visit!

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!

Twelve essential historical places to visit in Caithness

Twelve essential historical places to visit in Caithness

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in Scotland – and for those interested in history, Caithness does not disappoint. The area has a rich backstory that covers Neolithic burial chambers, Pictish stones, Viking graves, medieval castles, wartime posts and links with the Royal Family. We’ve compiled a list of 12 essential historical places for you to visit during your time in Caithness.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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