Caithness Horizons Museum (Thurso & North Coast)

Museum/Visitor Attraction Information

Caithness Horizons opened to the public on 1st December 2008 following the refurbishment of the Thurso Town Hall and adjacent Carnegie Library. Since opening the Museum has been awarded a 5 Star Visitor Attraction rating by VisitScotland and has achieved Full Museum Accreditation.

      Castle Of Mey (Thurso & North Coast)


      The Castle of Mey was bought by The Queen Mother in 1952, while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Falling for its isolated charm and hearing it was to be abandoned she decided to save it.

          Dunbeath Heritage Trust (Wick & East)


          Dunbeath Heritage Centre developed an engaging approach to landscape interpretation - through art installations, photography and our unique ‘floor map’, visitors can explore a rich historical, archaeological and literary landscape.

              North Lands Creative (Wick & East)

              The Arts

              North Lands Creative is a unique studio organisation and gallery in Lybster, Caithness.

                  The Thurso Cinema (Thurso & North Coast)


                  The Thurso Cinema is the most Northerly entertainment complex on the UK Mainland, offering mainstream movies, family films, live theatre and event cinema.

                      Castletown Heritage Centre (Thurso & North Coast)


                      Castlehill Heritage Centre is located within renovated farm buildings immediately adjacent to the cutting yard and quarry of the now defunct flagstone workings. The workings were the first in the country to exploit the commercial possibilities of flagstone and in doing so put Castletown on the global map.

                          Lyth Arts Centre (Wick & East)

                          Live Music

                          Lyth Arts Centre, deep in the Caithness countryside, is housed in a beautiful old building surrounded by trees and ancient stone walls. From the outside it retains the character of a Victorian village school but the interior has been imaginatively converted to a dynamic multi-purpose arts centre.

                              CASVAG ()

                              Visitor Attraction Information

                              Caithness and Sutherland Visitor Attraction Group

                                  Wick Heritage Museum (Wick & East)


                                  The Wick Heritage Centre is a local history museum which presents the story of the town. It houses a Kipper kiln, a cooperage, Harbour scene, a restored fisherman’s house, art gallery, the famous Johnston collection of photographs of 115 years history and a working lighthouse.

                                      St Fergus Gallery (Wick & East)

                                      The Arts

                                      The gallery hosts local and national touring exhibitions of art, craft, photography and multi-media throughout the year. Check the venue for details of current exhibitions and related activities.

                                          Strathnaver Museum (Bettyhill & North Coast)


                                          Strathnaver Museum Just a short walk from the white sandy beach at Farr Bay you will find a hidden gem of a Museum housed in the former parish church of St Columba. Laid out within its unassuming walls is a treasure trove of unusual objects and gripping stories all presented by a friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer staff.

                                              Timespan (Dornoch & East)

                                              Museum/The Arts

                                              Timespan is an award-winning museum and cultural development organisation which provides a unique experience for locals and visitors alike. Rooted in the village of Helmsdale, Timespan explores the history, heritage and landscape of its distinctive, rural location.

                                                  Royal Dornoch Golf Club (Dornoch & East)


                                                  Royal Dornoch is spellbinding and many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives. The 6700-yard 18-hole par 70 links was ranked No.1 in Scotland, No.2 in GB&I and No. 6 in the World rankings of the best 100 courses by Golf Digest magazine in January 2014.

                                                      The Seadrift Centre (Thurso & North Coast)


                                                      The Seadrift Centre interactive display and comprehensive collection of stuffed animals introduces visitors to life around Dunnet Bay and beyond. The Seadrift Centre is now the centre for the Highlife Highland Ranger Service

                                                          Sinclair Girnigoe Castles (Wick & East)


                                                          Located about five miles north of Wick the Castle is dramatically and grandly situated on a long narrow peninsula projecting into Sinclair Bay and the North Sea with perpendicular sides of between fifty and sixty feet.

                                                              Artlands North ()

                                                              The Arts/Visitor Attraction Information

                                                              Explore the creative landscape of the Scotland's Far North with Artlands North. This microsite, managed by Timespan Museum and Heritage Centre, is an interactive map of artists' studios, galleries and public artworks found north of the Caledonian Canal. It provides visitor information, photos, tours and 360° studio views, enabling virtual visitors, locals and tourists alike to discover the rich culture of this – often geographically remote – region.

                                                                  Camster cairns (Wick & East)

                                                                  Heritage sites

                                                                  The Grey Cairns of Camster are a series of three burial cairns.

                                                                      Yarrows Archeaological Trail (Wick & East)

                                                                      Heritage sites

                                                                      10,000 years to explore in an afternoon.

                                                                          The Flow Country ()


                                                                          The Flow Country

                                                                              Clan Gunn Heritage Centre (Wick & East)

                                                                              Museum/Heritage sites

                                                                              The Clan Gunn Heritage Centre tells the story of one of Scotland's oldest clans, from its Norse origins to the present day.

                                                                                  Whaligoe Steps ()

                                                                                  Heritage sites/Nature

                                                                                  The Whaligoe Steps are 365 steps that descend to what was a naturally formed harbour between two sea cliffsbuild by Captain David Brodie who also built the harbour and village of Sarclet some 3 miles north of the steps which was once a landing place for fishing boats.

                                                                                      Duncansby Stacks (Thurso & North Coast)


                                                                                      The Stacks of Duncansby are some of the finest in the British Isles. The Great Stack towers at 60m high.

                                                                                          The John O'Groats Trail ()


                                                                                          The John o'Groats Trail (JOGT) is a coastal walking route under development from Inverness to John o'Groats, traversing shorelines, cliff tops, back lanes and footpaths of the Scottish Highlands. Accommodation, meals and shops are available at the end of most stages of the walk.

                                                                                              Dunrobin Castle (Dornoch & East)

                                                                                              Museum/Heritage sites/Castles

                                                                                              Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.

                                                                                                  Kirkton Buggy Tours ()


                                                                                                  Get an insight of farm life, learn where your food comes from, get up close to farm animals including highland cows, pigmy goats, sheep. See some stunning views on your way around (approx 2.5 miles).Possibly see deer and other wildlife. Display boards explaining a little the farming policy, environment and history of Kirkton

                                                                                                      Wick Harbour Authority (Wick & East)


                                                                                                      Wick Harbour was developed from circa 1803 to support the booming herring industry, The Harbour is still being used for the fishing industry, cargo business, offshore renewables and leisure.