Accessible and yet remote, Wick on the northeastern Highlands coast is one of the largest towns in the far north offering a great choice of boat trips along the Caithness coast which is rich in lighthouses, castles, sea caves, iconic stacks and pretty harbours. A town of two halves, there is the modern town of Wick and the old town, Pultneytown, rich in 19th Century fishing heritage, situated just to the south. Fine single malt whisky has been produced in Old Pulteney since 1826 – don’t miss a tour and ample opportunity for sampling at the Pulteney Distillery in Wick!
One of Europe’s busiest herring ports in the 19th Century, Wick’s history is explored in-depth in the town’s heritage centre and the 12th Century Old Wick Castle, one of many lining the Caithness coast, is essential visiting locally. Other heritage highlights in the Wick area include Castle Mey, historic home of The Queen Mother. Today run by a Trust, the beautiful gardens and house are open for tours over the summer months.
Wick Airport has a daily flight service from both Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The town also boasts direct rail links to Inverness and west to Thurso. Choose Wick as a great bustling base for spectacular coastal walking holidays and for touring the northeast Highlands. John O’Groats, the UK’s most northern point on the mainland is within easy reach of Wick, and where you’ll find ferry services to the Orkney Islands, scenic wildlife trips to Pentland Firth and plenty of quirky tourist gift shops and cafes.
The iconic cliffs and sea stacks along this stretch of the Highlands coast attract thousands of walkers and birdwatchers annually. Particularly famous sites include the great Stacks of Duncansby, three mammoth sea stacks that are gradually forming an arch, nicknamed ‘the witches hats’. Seals are often spotted offshore and the variety of seabirds in the area include puffins, great skuas, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes. Come and discover the magical world of the Caithness coast – book Wick B&Bs and cottages online with iknow.