The former Viking settlement of Wick is the principal town in the far north of the mainland.
The town sits astride the River Wick, stretching along both sides of Wick Bay, and holds the claim to fame of once being the busiest herring port in Europe in the mid 19th century. The remains of the Castle of Old Wick, often referred to as the Old Man of Wick, sits atop the edge of the cliffs about half a mile south of Wick Bay and overlooks the sea.
Around 3 miles north from Wick the dramatic 15th to 17th century ruins of Sinclair and Girnigoe castles rise steeply from a needle-thin promontory. There is a good clifftop walk to the castle via Noss Head Lighthouse from the tiny fishing village of Staxigoe. Visitors will encounter a wide selection of wildlife along the way including various species of seabirds and puffins and a beautiful scenic beach, popular for windsurfing and sand-yachting, awaits them at the end of Sinclair Bay.
The town’s story is told in the excellent Wick Heritage Centre in Bank Row, Pultneytown (Wick is actually two towns - Wick proper, and Pultneytown, immediately south across the river), which contains a fascinating array of artefacts from the old fishing days.
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Lybster is situated on the east coast of Caithness near some outstanding prehistoric sights.
The small Highland coastal village of John O’ Groats is the most northerly place on mainland...
The small and remote village of Mey is located in the north coast of Scotland in Caithness.
The village of Dunbeath on the east coast of Scotland was the birthplace of novelist Neil Gunn.
The most northerly town in mainland Scotland, Thurso is a great base for exploring the surrounding...
Dunnet Bay is a fantastic sweeping arc of white sandy beach backed by rolling sand dunes.
Burwick is a hamlet on the south coast of the parish South Ronaldsay.
South Ronaldsay is the nearest parish to Mainland Scotland, being just 6.5 miles across the...
Longhope is an important coastal settlement located on the island of South Walls which is one of...
The Sands of Wright is found on South Ronaldsay, Orkney.
Flotta, from the Norse for 'flat isle'.
The picturesque town of St Margaret's Hope is located at northern end of South Ronaldsay.
Burray is a small island between South Ronaldsay and the Orkney Mainland, in the south of the...
Helmsdale, on the east coast of Sutherland, was built on golf, herrings and salmon.
Hoy is located to the south of the archipelago and with an area of 57 square miles it is the second...
Melvich beach is the most attractive beach at the mouth of the River Halladale.
The village of Melvich is found 15 miles west of Thurso, near the dramatic north coast of Caithness...
This crofting township is considered one of the most beautiful places in Orkney.
Rackwick Bay is located on Hoy, Orkney.
The settlement of Rackwick is a situated on the bay of Rackwick, on the west coast of Hoy in the...
The parish of Holm is six miles south of Kirkwall on Mainland Orkney, with splendid views over St...
Orphir overlooks Scapa Flow, situated between Kirkwall and Stromness on Mainland Orkney.
The beautiful, sheltered and enclosed Strathy Bay is a wide sandy beach
Waulkmill beach is located on the southern coast of Mainland Orkney.
Dingieshowe beach is located in Orkney.
Newark Beach is found in Deerness, Orkney.
Scapa bay is found on the southern coastline of Mainland Orkney.
Tankerness is a small settlement situated on Deer Sound, 5 miles south east of Kirkwall, on...
Warebeth is a beach on the south west coast of Mainland Orkney.
Deerness is a peninsula located to the east end of Mainland, Orkney.
The village of Stenness is situated at the south-east end of Loch of Stenness, south west of...
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