: The Weather
Wildlife for Beginners
Ferries to Orkney
Lights - Aurora Borealis
There is good coastal,
sea, loch and river fishing available. Go to Harper's shop in
town (they don't have a website but phone is 01847 893179 or
where they can provide all the information on where to go, hiring
a boat, getting a place on the sea fishing trips and getting
the permits etc. They do not have a website you just have to
We have lots of golf
courses. Perhaps the most famous is the links at Reay
There are several
places where you can get horse riding activities. This
is one we have often used.
The Halkirk Highland
Games is the best known highland gathering in the north and
takes place on the last Saturday in July. For information click
There are other smaller gatherings around the county on other
dates and they all give excellent family entertainment.
For a more complete
guide to all the highland gatherings in Scotland click here
The Northern Nashville
Caithness Country Music Festival gathers an array of international
and local talent for a 3-day music fest to remember.
Held over the Easter
weekend there are 5 shows attracting visitors from all over
The Club also run
monthly shows at 8pm on the last Friday of every month which
is open to members and non-menbers. Usually with a main and
a supporting artist / band.
on the Festival & monthly shows can be found here.
During the summer
the Thurso Pipe Band plays in the town centre every Saturday
night. They march through town and stop outside St Peters and
St Andrews Church on the main square. They often have some Highland
Dancers with them. The Wick Pipe Band do the same in Wick town
Highland Open Championships
The cream of the
surfing world descend annually to do battle with the notorious
For information on
this regular surfing event please click here.
Old Pulteney Distillery
are very lucky in having such a great local whisky in "Old Pulteney".
tour of the distillery in Wick explains the story of this classic
Scotch whisky and you can sample the product too. Take a little
home with a free miniature bottle.
can visit the Old Pulteney website here,
or the Wick Heritage website here
Find a Fossil
There are numerous
old quarries dotted around Caithness. Some are very good for
finding fossils. The quarry at Achanarras has an information
centre which gives help with what to look for.
We have lots of lovely
golden sandy beaches but there are also lots of places with
tidal, flat, rocky areas with shell beaches where you can look
for little sea creatures in the rock pools. I am particularly
fond of the area around Brims Ness where you can pick up the
tiny "Groatie Buckie"