Adventure & Attractions

There are dozens of places to explore and discover in Caithness.


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Caithness Wildlife Tours

Discover the wildlife and wonders in the far north with Caithness Wildlife Tours. They offer personalised wildlife and sightseeing tours for small groups of up to six people, with transport in a comfortable minibus. Spend a couple of hours or a whole day with them. Tours include; Puffin tours from May to July, wildlife and sightseeing tours, tours of ancient Caithness, and tailormade tours. Binoculars and telescope are provided for close-up views of the wildlife.
Westside, Dunnet, KW14 8YD
Tel: 07899 783279

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Harmony Handspinning

Informal sessions in the traditional craft of handspinning
Bank Road, Dunnet, KW14 8YD
Tel: 01847851366

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SJP Bird Photography

A unique facility for bird photographers and watchers in Northern Scotland. Two Water-Level hides offer exceptional views of a wide selection of waterbirds, and both hides are for hire year round.
St Johns, Brough, Thurso, KW14 8YD
Tel: 07743371169

Air Extreme

Air Extreme is the most northerly high ropes course in the UK. They are open for bookings every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Each session can take a maximum number of 10 people, this can be made up from smaller groups. Booking is advised. Please note that this is an outdoor, weather dependent activity and cannot operate in certain weather conditions, such as high wind. In these circumstances, groups will be contacted and given the option to move their booking.
Air Extreme

Broubster Leans

Broubster Leans is a diverse mosaic of wet grassland, pools, channels and rush pasture, nestled in farmland, making it an ideal place for wildlife. Its high value for nature is reflected in the many designations the site carries (Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Area and Special Conservation Area). Broubster Leans is one of the most important sites in northern Scotland for breeding waders and, in the winter, a refuge for Greenland white-fronted geese and whooper swans.
Broubster Leans

Caithness Seacoast

Enjoy breathtaking sea tours around the fascinating East Caithness coastline. This tour company operates from Wick harbour. The Geo Explorer is their exciting purpose built twin engine boat. On the tours you can see castles, sea caves and stacks, harbours and various lighthouses. There is also a variety of wildlife which can be seen tern and puffin colonies and occasionally dolphins and whales.
Caithness Seacoast

Dunbeath Bay

Dunbeath is located around 20 miles south of Thurso. The Bay offers beautiful scenery in the small village of Dunbeath.
Dunbeath Bay

Dunnet Bay

Dunnet Bay is a fantastic sweeping arc of white sandy beach backed by rolling sand dunes. Stretching for over 2 miles, the bay is fairly sheltered from the elements and offers great opportunities to sunbathe, paddle, swim and indulge in other beach sports. The beach is a surfer’s haven and offers some quite dramatic surf when the winds are high.
Dunnet Bay

Dunnet Head

The most northerly point in mainland Britain, Dunnet Head has stunning sea cliffs and coastal grassland. These are home to puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags and cormorants. The RSPB undertake annual seabird monitoring work as part of national surveys to contribute to the knowledge of how seabirds are doing. Above the cliffs are some very diverse coastal heathland and grassland habitats with special plants such as spring squill, thrift and roseroot.
Dunnet Head

Flow Country National Nature Reserve

Set in the remote open landscape of Caithness, The Flows is a breath-taking expanse of bog that blankets the land. Rafts of spongy moss float amongst pools of dark peaty water, to make a perfect home for a myriad of insects and the birds that feed on them. Listen out for the piping calls of greenshank or the mournful wails of red throated diver. In summer, look for the small but beautiful plants that are wonderfully adapted to such difficult living conditions.
Flow Country National Nature Reserve

Forsinard Flows

A threatened landscape, peatlands have vanished across much of Scotland, but the RSPB is helping to preserve this vital area of internationally important habitat. Summer is the time to come, when golden plovers, hen harriers and greenshanks breed. The visitor centre also has games and activities for children. You can get a self-service hot drink in the visitor centre.
Forsinard Flows

John O'Groats Ferries

Passenger ferry service from John O'Groats to the Orkney Islands. Once you arrive on Orkney you can go on one of the Orkney Island tours depending on your interests. June through to the end of August there is a Wildlife Tour. There are also day tours on Orkney where you travel by bus to different sites of interest such as Scapa Flow, the Italian Chapel and the Standing Stones of Stenness.
John O

Lybster Golf Club

Lybster Golf Club is one of the shortest 9 hole courses (3,858 yards, par 62, SSS 61) in Scotland it is very popular with a wide range of golfers of varying age groups and abilities. The longest hole is only 318 yards and the shortest (although by no means the easiest) is only 90 yards. The entire course is laid out in only 15 acres of land. The benefit of this is that you are never miles away from the clubhouse/car park if you have had enough or if the weather becomes inclement.
Lybster Golf Club

Ness Ribs Ltd ( Pentland Firth Sea Safari )

There’s so much to discover around the coast at John O’Groats, and by far the most exhilarating way to explore is on a "Pentland Sea Safari” ! Aboard our 9 meter, 500HP, Fast RIB “Natural Explorer” you’ll speed across the turbulent Firth towards the Isles of Stroma and Swona, the Swilkie Whirlpool and the spectacular “Sea stacks” of Duncansby Head while being entertained by our knowledgeable crew.
Ness Ribs Ltd ( Pentland Firth Sea Safari )

Noss Head

Noss Head is just north of Wick. The name comes from the Old Norse "Snos" - a nose or nose-shaped headland. Noss Head and the Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is a varied circuit takes in the dramatic cliffs between Staxigoe and Noss Head and then visits Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and then returns on minor roads through farmland. The route can also be walked as a linear walk if transport is arranged from Noss Head.
Noss Head

Pulteney People's Project

We are a social enterprise and all profits go back into the community and facilities. PPP have creche facilities, Telford's cafe and much more!
Pulteney People

Reay Golf Club

The most northerly James Braid designed 18 hole links course on the British mainland. No need to book, just turn up and play. See our website for details of our fixtures and Opens.
Reay Golf Club

Sandside Bay

Sandside Bay is the nearest beach to the small village of Reay. It is located under two miles from Dounreay, a nuclear power plant which is currently undergoing decommissioning. The beach is close to Reay golf course and there is parking available nearby.
Sandside Bay

Sannick Bay

This small sandy bay can be found between John O'Groats and Duncansby Head. Seals can be seen on the beach on occasion. Parking is available nearby.
Sannick Bay

Seadrift Visitor Centre/Siaban

Seadrift Visitor Centre/Siaban

Sinclair's Bay

Sinclair’s Bay, known locally as Reiss Beach is a stunning white sanded paradise with 16th century castles at both ends. Sinclair’s Bay is a single large, white beach, split in half by a stream. With high cliffs behind and sand dunes, the south side of the beach is sheltered from the wind. The beach is peaceful and an attractive spot for surfing enthusiasts with a high quality beach break. The area is a popular place to spot a variety of seabirds and marine life including seals.
Sinclair

St. John's Pool and Bird hides

St John’s Pool and The John Corbett Memorial Hide are situated on the north side of St.John’s Loch between Thurso and John o’ Groats. Access is free and open to the public all year round. Since its development in 1989, the site has become recognized as one of the premier sites in the north for migrating waders, wildfowl and scarcer migrants. It has also hosted several rare and previously unrecorded species for the county.
St. John

Stacks of Duncansby

These sea stacks can be seen just off the cliffs of Duncansby Head near John O'Groats. The largest of these stacks is over 60 metres high, making them an impressive site to see.
Stacks of Duncansby

Thurso Bay

Thurso Bay encompases Thurso and Scrabster beaches. At Thurso East the ruins of Thurso Castle can be found. Their is a walkway along the cliffs known locally as Victoria Walk and offers beautiful views across to the Orkney Isles Holborn Head and Dunnet Head.
Thurso Bay

Wick Golf Club

Wick Golf Club is the most northerly course on the east coast of Scotland where golf has been played since 1870. Experience the challenge of a traditional Scottish links course with stunning views over Sinclair Bay to Noss Head and it's historic castles. After your round relax at the 19th hole where you can enjoy a wee dram of Old Pulteney from the award winning local distillery.
Wick Golf Club

Wick Sea Fishing

Wick Sea Fishing organises day charters to local fishing grounds. Trips can vary from 3 to 8 hours. They provide all the tackle.
Wick Sea Fishing

Yarrows Archaeological Trail

Charitable Trust preserving and promoting local heritage .The moorlands south of the Loch of Yarrows are rich in archaeological remains. From bronze-age chambered cairns to a fine iron-age broch this walk offers much for the imaginative walker to see. It is usually very wet underfoot, however, and more strenuous than the distance suggests.
Yarrows Archaeological Trail
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