Mackays Hotel in Wick gives you the perfect base from which to explore this largely unspoiled region.
Only a ferry ride away from the beautiful Orkney islands, a jaunt away from the grandeur of The Castle of Mey (home to the Queen Mother for many years) and a wee drive away from the simplicity of stunning coastal views and isolated beaches, the variety of things to do and see within a short distance 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 are simply breathtaking.
For the history buffs, the area boasts over 400 monuments and castle ruins, dating from Prehistoric times right up the more recent Highland Clearances. Most are not sign posted but simply ask at reception for a map and directions and you can enjoy a wonderful passage through time. Entry to the castles and monument sites are, in the main, free.
Our local whisky, Pulteney, the World Whisky of the Year (2012) has its own distillery and you can tour this, sampling the wonderful malt and liqueur on offer.
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.
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