Fly to Wick

Northmost edge, utmost enjoyment

This was Viking country, hemmed in by the sea to the north and east, and spreading south over broad moors and peatlands. To this day, in local place names and the powerful ties to the ocean, the Norse influence remains strong, the character just as proud. You are somewhere different.

The Royal Burgh of Wick is the county seat of Caithness, northmost county of mainland Britain. Thurso is the most northerly town and known for its top-class cold-water surfing. Famous John O’Groats is the most northerly mainland village and Dunnet Head the northernmost point of all, with an RSPB Reserve that teems with puffins, guillemots, razorbills … and birdwatchers!

The town of Wick is actually two towns in one...

Wick on one side of the river, Pulteneytown on the other, the latter giving its name to the local malt whisky – distillery tours are available. Visit the Heritage Museum, the Castle and Lyth Art Centre. Go horse-riding and sea-angling, or take a boat trip in search of sea-life and thrilling views of coastal scenery. Enjoy a round of golf at Wick Golf Club, the oldest in the Highlands, or further along the coast at Reay, Britain’s most northerly 18-hole links. In mid-summer you might be able to tee off at midnight, there’s so much daylight.

Explore Caithness and you’ll discover roads and fields lined with Caithness ‘hedges’ (upstanding flagstones, forming unusual walls) as well as historic cairns, standing stones, brochs and castles, including the late Queen Mother’s home, Castle of Mey, and the spectacular clifftop ruins of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. The wave-lashed sandstone pinnacles of the Stacks of Duncansby are another striking coastal landmark.

3 wickedly good reasons to fly to Wick

  • Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

  • Links golf the way it was meant to be

  • Visit John O’Groats

 

The Guinness Book of World Records...

... has documented Wick’s Ebenezer Place as the shortest street in the world. The length of the street is only six feet 9 inches long, the distance between the No. 1 signs on the only building on this 1833 street – the address of Mackay’s Hotel.

Wick is an early stopping point...

... on the North Coast 500 – just over 100 miles away from the starting point at Inverness. The NC500 is a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. The route was launched in 2015, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland in one iconic touring route.

 

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