The village is on The Far North railway line but trains stopped calling at the village in 1960.The railway station is now a private house.
The village is within the parish of Watten, which has the Parish of Bower to the north, that of Wick to the east, that of Latheron to the south and that of Halkirk to the west.
Loch Watten is the largest body of water in Caithness. The name of the village and loch appear to come from the Old Norse Vatn, meaning water or lake, and the loch is famous for its brown trout fishing. The local public house is also named "The Brown Trout" after the local produce.
Photos on this page by Fiona Jack.