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Top Choice Seafood in Thurso & Scrabster

Captain’s Galley

Classy but friendly Captain’s Galley, by the Scrabster ferry, offers a short, seafood-based menu featuring local and sustainably sourced produce prepared in delicious ways that let the natural flavours shine through…
Top Choice Museum in Wick

Wick Heritage Centre

Tracking the rise and fall of the herring industry, this great town museum displays everything from fishing equipment to complete herring boats. It’s absolutely huge inside, and is crammed with memorabilia and exten…
Archaeological Site in East Caithness

Grey Cairns of Camster

Dating from between 4000 BC and 2500 BC, these burial chambers are hidden in long, low mounds rising from an evocatively lonely moor. The Long Cairn measures 60m by 21m. You can enter the main chamber, but must firs…
Viewpoint in Dunnet Head

Dunnet Head

Eight miles east of Thurso a minor road leads to dramatic Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the British mainland. There are majestic cliffs dropping into the turbulent Pentland Firth, inspiring views of Orkne…
Cafe in John O'Groats

Stacks Coffee House & Bistro

If you've just walked here from Land's End, this is exactly the sort of place you've been dreaming about along those last miles. Upbeat and welcoming, Stacks does really excellent home baking, including vegan option…
Museum in Thurso & Scrabster

Caithness Horizons

This museum brings Caithness history and lore to life through excellent displays. Fine Pictish cross-slabs greet visitors downstairs; the main exhibition is a wide-ranging look at local history using plenty of audio…
Castle in Mey

Castle of Mey

The Castle of Mey, a big crowd-puller for its Queen Mother connections, is 6 miles west of John O’Groats. The exterior is grand but inside it feels domestic and everything is imbued with the Queen Mum's character. T…
Bistro in Thurso & Scrabster

Holborn Hotel

A trendy, comfortable place decked out in light wood, the Holborn contrasts starkly with more traditional Thurso watering holes. Uncomplicated but decent meals are available in the bar, while quality seafood – inclu…
Historic Site in East Caithness

Whaligoe Steps

At Ulbster, 5 miles north of Lybster, this staircase cut into the cliff provides access to a tiny natural harbour, with an ideal grassy picnic spot, ringed by vertical cliffs and echoing with the cackle of nesting f…
French in Wick

Bord de l’Eau

This serene, relaxed French restaurant is Wick's best place to eat. It overlooks the river and serves a changing menu of mostly meat and game French classics, backed up by daily fish specials. Starters are great val…