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!
When in Thurso, NorthLink Ferries caught up with Kate Willis; the friendly and enthusiastic guide and owner of Caithness Wildlife Tours. We asked her about her tour company and about the amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and ancient sites that you can see when visiting Caithness!
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!
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!
Dunnet Head in Caithness is the most northerly point of the UK mainland, 2.35 miles further north than John O Groats. Read about our recent trip there, where we saw the lighthouse and learned about the fascinating history of the area.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Inverness is the Gateway to the Highlands and passengers travelling on NorthLink's Pentland Firth service will often pass through the city on their journey's northwards or southwards. There's much to do here - check out our guide of ten things to do in and around the city to assist you in planning a great day in Inverness!