Mackays Hotel in Wick gives you the perfect base from which to explore this largely unspoilt region and we are only a ferry ride away from the beautiful Orkney islands. From the grandeur of The Castle of Mey, home to the Queen Mother for many years to the simplicity of our coastal views and isolated beaches, the variety of things to do and see within a short drive of Wick will amaze you.
Caithness is a bird watching paradise with birds of many species on the cliffs and inland on the bog or farming countryside. If you come in the springtime, the tens of thousands of nesting seabirds will amaze you.
Caithness has over 4000 monuments and castle ruins dating from Prehistoric times right up the more recent Highland Clearances era. Most are not signposted but simply ask at reception for a map and directions to enjoy a wonderful passage through time. Entry to castle and monument sites are in the main, free.
Our local whisky, Pulteney, has its own distillery and you can tour this, sampling the wonderful malt and liquer on offer. Once your visit to us ends, you can continue to explore Scotland’s distilleries
No visit to Caithness would be complete without a tour of the award winning Wick Heritage Centre; run by Wick Society on an entirely voluntary basis, all the items are on loan by individuals or their families ensuring a genuine and personal look through the history of the area.