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Thurso Tourist Information: 58.593566, -3.522080
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Caithness Archive Centre
As part of the Highland Council Archive Service, the Caithness Archive Centre is responsible for collecting, preserving and making accessible archives relating to the history of the county. The current collection dates from 1589 to the present. Open Mon, Tue, & Thu 1000-1300, 1400-1730; Fri 1000-1300, 1400-1500. Closed Sat & Sun. www.highlandarchives.org.uk/caithness.asp

Tel: 01955 606432

Sinclair Terrace, Wick KW1 5AB, United Kingdom
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Caithness Broch Centre
A high quality exhibition looking at who lived in the brochs, who excavated them and the legacies the brochs bring to contemporary Highland communities.

Open Apr-Sep Mon-Fri (plus Sat Jul-Aug) 1030-1630

Tel: 01955 631377     www.caithnessbrochcentre.co.uk

The Old School House Auckengill by Wick, KW1 4XP, United Kingdom
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Caithness Horizons Museum
The restored Thurso Town Hall & Carnegie Library is an accredited museum and 5-star visitor attraction that interprets the history of Caithness. Permanent & changing exhibits, audio visual theatre, shop and café. Free entry. Open Mon-Sat 1000-1800 year round, Sun 1100-1600 Apr-Sep.

Tel: 01847 896508     www.caithnesshorizons.co.uk

Caithness Horizons Thurso KW14 8AJ, United Kingdom
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Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
The finest medieval-Renaissance castle in the north of Scotland & the only one listed by the World Monuments Fund. Currently undergoing a preservation programme. Open all year.

Tel: 01955 606700     www.castlesinclairgirnigoe.org

KW1 4QT, United Kingdom
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Castlehill Heritage Centre
Heritage trail round site of 19th century flagstone works. Magnificent coastal setting. Eco-friendly visitor centre, garden & archaeological research lab. Theme exhibits, displays, & traditional skills workshops. Picnic area. Open Wed, Sat & Sun 1400-1600. Other times by appointment.

Tel: 01847 821204     www.castletownheritage.co.uk

 

 

Harbour Road, Castletown, Thurso KW14 8TP, United Kingdom
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Clan Gunn Museum
Follow one of Scotland's oldest clans from its Norse origins to the present day, its skirmishes with other local clans & the Scotsmen who discovered America before Columbus. Video presentation, clan archive & shop. Open daily Jun - Sep. Tel: 01593 721325
Clan Gunn Museum, Latheron, United Kingdom KW5 6DG
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Clan Sinclair Study Centre
A collection of 3000 or more books and other research material is must for scholars, historians, genealogists, or the anyone interested in Scottish history, Freemasonry, the Crusades, or the Knights Templar. Tel: 01955 606700
Noss Head KW1 4QT, United Kingdom
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Dunbeath Heritage Centre
Explore the rich past of a Caithness strath. Neil M. Gunn's 'Highland River' and 'Silver Darlings' landscape. Local history, guided walks, art installations & archaeology exhibition. Bookshop. Open Sun-Fri 1000 to 1700 Apr-Sep/Mon-Fri 1100 to 1500 Oct-Mar. Tel: 01593 731233
Dunbeath Heritage Centre, Old School, Dunbeath KW6 6ED, United Kingdom
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Forsinard Flows Nature Reserve
Visit the 4-star RSPB centre at the Forsinard Nature Reserve on the A897 between Melvich & Helmsdale. Drive or get the train from Thurso straight to the door. Discover the bog pools & wildlife of the flow country on a guided walk with one of our staff or use one of our leaflets to explore at your own pace. Free entry. Open Apr-Oct 0900-1700. Guided walks Tue & Thu, May-Aug. Self-guided trails open all year; Dubh Lochan Trail 1 mi, Forsinain Trail4 miles (drive 10 minutes to the start/finish point).

Tel: 01641 571225     www.rspb.org.uk/Forsinard

National Nature Reserve KW13 6YT, United Kingdom
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Grey Cairns of Camster
These two chambered cairns are roughly 20 miles from the park. Dating from 5000 years ago they are excellent examples of Neolithic structures. Access to each cairn is via low tunnels which open up into a burial chamber. They are open year round to the public.
Grey Cairns of Camster
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Halkirk Highland Games
Halkirk Games 25 Jul 2015
Halkirk, United Kingdom
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John O'Groats Ferries
Day tours of the Orkney Islands from John O'Groats every summer morning. Let us take you away for a fascinating day out. Wildlife cruises from the harbour run daily at 1430 from 20 June to 31 August. Open daily May-Sep 0800-2000.

Tel: 01955 611353     www.jogferry.co.uk

John o' Groats KW1 4YR, United Kingdom
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Lyth Arts Centre
A unique & attractive arts venue presenting a wide programme of music, theatre & visual art with summer exhibitions of work by both established British and foreign artists as well as the best fine art & craft by local artists. Tea, coffee & home baking available. Open daily Jul-Aug 1400-1700.

Tel: 01955 641434     www.lytharts.org.uk

Lyth KW1 4UD, United Kingdom
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Mary Ann's Cottage
Historic croft cottage showing how successive generations of one family lived and worked over 150 years. Display of 19th century farming implements. Visitors are personally conducted on a tour which brings to life May Ann's story. Open Jun-Sep 7 day a week 1400-1630

Tel: 01847 851765     www.caithness.org/community/museums/maryanncottage/index.htm

Dunnet Head Educational Trust, Thurso, United Kingdom
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Newton Hill Croft
Newton Hill Croft is a quiet and welcoming new woodland not far from the bustling town of Wick. It's a safe outdoor place to burn off energy whatever your age – try fishing for wee beasties in the dipping pond, jogging along to birdsong, or just enjoying the panoramic views across Caithness.

From Thurso take the A882 towards Wick, then turn right into Newton Road (one way only). Follow this minor road (U3618) for about 1 ½ miles (2.4 km), turning right alongside mature conifers to stay on the road. At the next junction turn left towards Tannich and you'll see Newton Hill Croft car park on your right. The car park is at grid reference ND 341 496.

KW1 5SA, United Kingdom
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Northshore Pottery & Patricia Niemann Jewellery
Studio & showroom shared by Jenny Mackenzie Ross, potter & sculptor, and Patricia Niemann, goldsmith & designer. One-off items of stoneware, porcelain, fine jewellery, glass & textiles made on site. Open Mar-Dec Wed-Sat 1000-1700. Tel: 01593 721229    www.patbat.com
Northshore Pottery & Patricia Niemann Jewellery, Lybster KW3 6BN, United Kingdom
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Pulteney Distillery & Visitor Centre
Most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland. Old Pulteney 21 Years Old named by Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible as the 2012 'World Whisky of the Year'. Take the tour and experience the traditional methods of producing an award winning whisky. Open May-Sep, Mon-Sat 1000-1700; Oct-Apr, Mon-Fri 1000-1600. Tours 1100 & 1400 or by arrangement.

Tel: 01955 002371     www.oldpulteney.com

Huddart Street, Wick KW1 5BA, United Kingdom
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Rumster Forest
Rumster is full of hidden surprises. It's bursting with historic settlements – including ruined Caithness longhouses and two Iron Age brochs – and has some of the best sea views in the north. Whether you climb up to the communications mast or cycle to the mill, there's plenty of space to unwind and enjoy the big outdoors. And when the wind blows elsewhere, there's always shelter here.

Heading south on the A9, turn left onto the A99 at Latheron and continue for 3 ¼ miles (4.8 km). Just south of the village of Lybster, turn left along a single track road signposted to Achavanich. Continue for 3.5 miles (5.6 km) until you see the Rumster Forest sign and a forest road on your left (signposted Rumster Outdoor Centre). Turn left here. The car park is at the top of the hill about ½ mile (800 metres) from the forest entrance at grid reference ND 205 387.

Lybster KW3 6DA, United Kingdom
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Seadrift Ranger Centre
Visit the Seadrift Centre to be introduced to life around  Dunnet Bay and beyond, season by season. Have fun discovering all about the local wildlife, geology & history with the interactive displays. Chat with the Countryside Rander to learn even more about what to see in the area. Free entry. Open May-Jun & Sep, 1400-1700, Jul-Aug 1230-1700 except Thu & Sat.

Tel: 01847 821531     www.highland.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/what-to-see/rangers/

RSPB Dunnet Head, Brough, United Kingdom
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Sibster Forest Walk
Sibster is a new broadleaf woodland on the site of an old Caithness farm – and one of the few forests you can actually get to by train. You'll see traditional slab fences and drystone dykes, as well as brightly-coloured wildflowers amongst the young growing trees. There are gentle trails and wide open views across the vast Caithness landscape whatever time of year you visit. Come back again and again and follow the forest taking shape.

From Thurso, take the A9 south for 6 miles (9.6 km). You'll see Sibster car park on your right, before you reach Georgemas Junction railway station.

Sibster Near Halkirk KW12 6XA, United Kingdom
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Strathnaver Museum
Strathnaver Museum is situated on the north coast of Scotland. It is based in the former Parish Church of Columba in Bettyhill and opened as a museum in 1976. Its main theme is the tragic story of the Highland Clearances, it has a room dedicated to the Clan Mackay and also tells the story of crofting life. The ancient Pictish Farr Stone is situated nearby. Open 1000-1700, 1 Apr - 31 Oct. Closed Sun. Adults: £2 each; Children over 5: £1; Under 5: free. Disabled access limited.

Tel: 01641 521418     www.strathnavermuseum.org.uk

 

Bettyhill KW14 7SS, United Kingdom
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The Castle of Mey
The Queen Mother's home in Caithness with walled garden, animal centre, tearoom & gift shop. Open May-Sep, closed 26 Jul-9 Aug

Tel 01847 851473     www.castleofmey.org.uk

Mey KW14 8XH, United Kingdom
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Thrumster Station
Another chapter in the history of British railways can be investigated at  Thrumster. The Thrumster Station on the old Wick-Lybster light railway is near to other archaeological and historical sites such as the Tannach Chain Home Radar Station active during WWII.
Thrumster, United Kingdom
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Thurso Bay Caravan & Camping Park
Overlooking Scrabster Harbour, Thurso Bay, and the beach at Thurso, the park provides a remarkable panorama. Its location on the outskirts of Thurso provides ready access to both the town and surrounding countryside. The Blue Door Diner, located within the park, is a popular choice for Caithness residents.
Thurso Bay Caravan & Camping Park, Rose Street, Thurso, United Kingdom
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Thurso Beach
Thurso Beach is a remarkable beach by any standard. It offers the opportunity to surf, swim, or sun just 200 metres or so of the Caravan Park.
KW14, United Kingdom
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Timespan Heritage & Arts Centre
Explore the history of East Sutherland by visiting this fascinating museum and arts centre. Regularly changing exhibitions. Quality local arts & crafts shop. Relax at the riverside café. Open Mon-Sat 1000 to 1700 and Sun 1200 to 1700. Tel: 01431 821327     www.timespan.org.uk
kw8 6ja
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Waterlines Visitor Centre
Lybster's history as Scotland's third largest herring port and the natural history of the area. Video & live TV of nesting bird colonies. Facilities for yachtsmen. Coffee shop. Open daily May-Sep. Tel: 01593 721520
Lybster KW3 6AH, United Kingdom
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Wick Heritage Museum
The largest museum in the North of Scotland. Allow at least 1.5 hours for your visit. There is enough nostalgia & information to last a lifetime. Open Mon-Sat 1000-1600. Last entry 1545.

Tel: 01955 605393     www.wickheritage.org

1827 Bank Row, Wick KW1 5EY, United Kingdom
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Yarrows Archaeological Trail
The moorlands around Loch Yarrows abound in archaeological remains from Bronze Age chambered cairns to an Iron Age broch. A 3.5 km (2.2 mi.) walk with an ascent of 110m (361 ft.) across a very boggy moorland offers much for the effort expended.
Loch of Yarrows, United Kingdom