Above and Beyond Tours
Transforming the landscapes and places of Caithness with the stories of their history, Angela and Isobel will take you on a journey exploring our people and heritage in the wild remote north. Their extensive research and local knowledge of this area will truly bring it alive whether you are looking to discover more about its towns, industry, distilleries, families or personal history.
"Above and Beyond Tours of Caithness are at a slower pace, using local knowledge of the area, taking you off the beaten track to explore hidden gems Caithness has to offer."
Catherine MacCulloch is a children's author whose first book "Winston the Bear and the Dragon of the Black Firs" captures a light-hearted rhyming adventure of a cute and cuddly bear who sets out to discover the truth about a fiery dragon that supposedly once terrorised his local town. With gorgeous illustrations this book is sure to capture the hearts of those who read it.
"It is a stand-alone story that can be enjoyed whether or not readers have visited the Highlands and which both people living in and visiting Scotland will enjoy."
Gail Anthea Brown
Writing and blogging from her home in Caithness, the northernmost county of mainland Scotland, Gail Anthea Brown shares local folktales and history in an exciting new way through her inaugural novel "Castles of Steel and Thunder". These tales are woven throughout the book as her young heroine discovers that the fine line between myth and reality may not be there at all. A follow up sequel "Pieces of Sky and Stone" was released in 2021.
"Belief in the ‘fairy world’ was once as acceptable to Highlanders as the natural belief that the sky hangs above our heads."
Living Landscapes of Castletown
This project explores the daily lives of people in Castletown through the words and pictures of five of its residents. Using disposable cameras they sought to capture the vibrance of this area and the meaningful stories and relationships within.
"This reminds us all - visitors and locals alike - that this is not a remote wilderness but a peopled place."
Lyth Arts Centre
As the most northerly UK mainland arts centre, Lyth Arts Centre is a cultural flagship for the area through its programme of live events, festivals, exhibitions, classes, theatre, music, artist opportunities and more.
"Over 40 years, LAC has become the cultural hub for Caithness and North Sutherland."
RobbieMac Tours & Ancestry
Local tour guide RobbieMac shares the many wonderful locations and stories of Caithness through interactive tours and personalised ancestry services. Using their ancestry research experience they can recreate the stories of your family, where they lived, how they worked, the place of their burial, allowing you to experience this landscape in a whole new way.
"Scotland holds many stories close to its heart. It is a complex land with a complex history."
Griogair MacAllein guides immersive storytelling walks in the stunning landscape of Assynt. He is an award-winning writer, poet, storyteller, folklorist, dramaturge, broatdacaster and photographer, passionate about educating and entertaining his audience through the various mediums of 'story'.
"Through using our senses and imagination we explore, freely, unharnessed from discriminatory and cultural restraints, to finding ours and other stories to share."
Wick Voices is a truly intergenerational project capturing the memories and heritage of Caithness. To date, they have over 300 online recordings from local residents, all available for public access, which is a phenomenal achievement. Hear the stories of our people in their own words and immerse yourself in our community.
"This will be social history in its most natural form - as told by the people who have lived it."