Caithness is a land where things look different, feel different and sound different. At the root of these differences is a unique history that brings together two different worlds and merges the duelling influences of sea and stone, Viking and Gael, fisherman and farmer, harbour and croft.
Travelling north, the spectacular Caithness coastline is punctuated by old harbours like Dunbeath, Lybster and Wick. In the far north-east, John O’Groats is a turning point, while nearby Duncansby Head offers a sheer full-stop. West of here, overlooking the Pentland Firth, you will find Thurso, the most northerly town on mainland Scotland, and Scrabster, gateway to Orkney. Further west still, the north coast stretches away via the cliffs of Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the British mainland, while inland, towns such as Halkirk and Latheron, sit on the fringes of the vast area of blanket bog known as the ‘Flow Country’ which is celebrated for its superb biodiversity and birdlife.
Locations in Caithness
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