Getting there & around
Thurso is 130 miles from Inverness and 21 miles from Wick. From Inverness, Scottish Citylink buses operate via Wick to Thurso (£15, 3½ hours, three to five daily). Rapsons/Highland Country runs a service to Wick (45 minutes, hourly) and also to John o’Groats (one hour, five Monday to Friday, three Saturday).
There are two or three daily train services from Inverness in summer (£14.60, 3½ hours), but space for bicycles is limited so book ahead.
It’s a 2-mile walk from Thurso train station to the ferry port at Scrabster, or there are buses from Olrig St. William Dunnet & Co (893101; Manson’s Lane; 8am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm Sat) rents cars; a small car starts at £25 per day, plus 10p per mile – you can drop it off in Wick if you’re heading that way.