The most northerly town in mainland Scotland, Thurso is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside and a gateway to the Orkney islands.
Situated on the north coast of the Scottish Highlands, the town’s views are dominated by the distant island of Hoy to the north, one of the Orkney Islands. The well established car ferry to Orkney leaves from the harbour at Scrabster, about 1.5 miles to the north, to Stromness where the outstanding natural beauty and heritage of Orkney awaits visitors.
The town is also a major surfing area and a premier heavy cold surf destination which hosts surfing championships. The plentiful reefs, points, river mouths and beaches, on top of the consistent year-round surfing opportunities, make the location a paradise for watersports lovers.
Other points of interest in Thurso include a circular wellhouse of Meadow Well, a fine public library and the impressive Jane Street overlooking the River Thurso close to Thurso Bridge as well as the Swanson Gallery or the Glass Creations - a glass blowing studio.
West of Thurso is the Dounreay nuclear power station, which has a visitor centre. The dramatic north coast stretches away to the west, while inland is the vast area of blanket bog known as the ‘Flow Country’.