Where the fast-flowing River Thurso streams into the wild waters of the Pentland Firth you’ll find Thurso, the most northerly town on mainland Scotland and a terrific base for anyone wanting to explore the wonderful natural environment and fascinating history of Caithness.
Today, this historic town is recognised as one the UK’s top spots for watersports, home to world surfing championships even, while west of Thurso, the scenic north coast stretches away via the dramatic cliffs of Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the British mainland. Further inland, you will find the vast area of blanket bog known as the ‘Flow Country’ which is celebrated for its superb biodiversity and birdlife.
The Selkies' Dance - a tale of surfing on the north coast
"I had one last glance back across the beach to see an encore was in full swing and my pulse quickened. The selkies’ dance, the surfers’ dream."
Robert Dick - Baker and Botanist of Thurso (1811-1866)
Learn more about the curious Robert Dick - baker, self-taught botanist, geologist, naturalist and resident of Thurso.
Catching the Waves and the Wind in the Wild
Reconnect to nature and yourself through our stunning seascapes.
Experience the Captivating Appeal of Ancient Places
Step back in time and discover jaw-dropping prehistoric monuments.