Book a few days out of your partner’s diary for a mystery romantic weekend, and whisk them away for an unforgettable few days to a destination they’d never guess, but which you’ll both fall in love with as you discover it together.
Catch the morning flight from Aberdeen to Wick, take a short taxi-ride into the centre of town, and check in for ‘The Best Hotel Experience’, according to the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2022, on the shortest street in the world.
Mackays Hotel on Wick’s 1 Ebenezer Place (it’s only 2.06m long!) used to be a temperance hotel, but the range and quality of the fine and rare whiskies in Murray’s bar laughs in the face of that chapter of its past. And after a few drams you’ll be laughing too!
From a check-in that includes tea, home-made shortbread, and the local paper, through to carefully prepared breakfasts and wonderful fine dining in No 1 Bistro, make sure you have booked your table for two, every detail is carefully thought through. You’ll be cocooned in just enough generous Highland hospitality to make you yearn to return but given enough seclusion to enjoy each other’s company in perfect peace.
A visit to Wick isn’t done properly till you’ve visited Old Pulteney Distillery, fans of The West Wing will know it was President Jed Bartlett’s favourite dram, and a bottle to take home will remind you of your romantic getaway. One sip and you’ll be whisked back north to Caithness.
While you’re here, you’ll want to explore the romantic stories of this part of the Caithness coast. See the dramatic ruins of the Scottish castles that once stood proudly on these cliffs, such as Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and visit the famous Whaligoe Steps, carved perilously into the steep cliffs near Lybster. Caithness Seacoast Tours offer a glimpse of all of this, telling Caithness’s story from the perspective of the sea. It’s an unforgettable experience to share, giving you memories to last a lifetime.