East Caithness attractions

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…
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…
Museum in East Caithness

Laidhay Croft Museum

This museum, just over a mile north of Dunbeath, recreates crofting life from the mid-1800s to WWII. It's in an 18th-century Caithness longhouse with a stable and byre at either end, thatched with local rushes; the …
Archaeological Site in East Caithness

Achavanich Stone Setting

Six miles to the northwest of Lybster and a mile off the A9, these 30 standing stones date from around 2000 BC. The crumbling monuments still capture the imagination with their desolate location. Nearby are the rema…
Archaeological Site in East Caithness

Hill o’ Many Stanes

Two miles beyond the Camster turn-off on the A99 is a curious, fan-shaped arrangement of 22 rows of small stones, probably dating to around 2000 BC. Staggeringly, there were 600 in the original pattern. On a sunny d…
Museum in East Caithness


At the picturesque harbour in Lybster, this museum has a downstairs cafe, and an exhibition on the town's fishing heritage above. There's a smokehouse alongside that you can sometimes see in use.
Ruins in East Caithness


Seven miles northeast of Helmsdale is Badbea, a crofting village established at the time of the Clearances and gradually abandoned in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. A 500m walk through the heather leads you…
Museum in East Caithness

Clan Gunn Heritage Centre & Museum

At the Clan Gunn Heritage Centre and Museum in Latheron, 3 miles northeast of Dunbeath on the A9, there's information on the Gunn clan, from its Viking origins to present day. Even if you don’t want to go in, it’s w…
Museum in East Caithness

Dunbeath Heritage Centre

This heritage centre has a stone carved with runic graffiti, and a display on the work of Neil Gunn, whose wonderful novels evoke the Caithness of his boyhood. Hours vary somewhat depending on volunteer availability…
Archaeological Site in East Caithness

Cairn o’Get

The Cairn o’Get, a prehistoric burial cairn, is signposted off the road in Ulbster. There's a mile of boggy walking from the car park.