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Brims Ness, Thurso (Credit: VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins)
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Thurso

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.

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