Scotland | Caithness

In the far north of mainland Scotland lies Caithness. In this area are Wick, Thurso, John o’ Groats and the most northerly point on Scotland, Dunnet Head, just to name a few. My Granny lives in Wick and I have an Auntie and Uncle near Dunnet Head, so I have been up quite a lot. 

 

In December 2017 I went up to see my family with Mum and Jenny and we made a point of doing a bit more exploring since I had Mum’s Land Rover and it was snowy. 

 

What to do: 

  • Duncansby Head: Two famous rock formations/seas stacks off the most North-easterlly point in Britain. As it was winter when we went it was dead quiet but absolutely freezing. Definitely worth a visit to Scotland's version of the 12 apostles. 

  • Castle and Gardens of Mey: Wander through the beautiful gardens or take a tour around the old castle.

  • Dunnet Head: The point where Great Britain ends. There is a lighthouse but I don't think you can enter it. Winds can be quite strong.

  • The Trinkie at Wick: It's not quite the Bondi Beach baths of Sydney, but this Scottish sea-side bath can be good fun for a summer paddle.

  • John o' Groats: The gateway to the Orkney Islands, John o' Groats is a tiny village but is famous as "the end of Britain" which is a common misconception. There's a couple cafe's and museums and you can take the 6km return coastal walk to Duncansby Head.

© James Lilley 2018