Things to do in Caithness

Mackays Hotel is based in Wick in Caithness and offers an ideal base for you to stay while you explore this dramatic and diverse corner of Scotland. Steeped in history and boasting some of the most spectacular coastline, you will be in awe of this wonderful location by the time you leave!

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Our Fabulous Family Fun Offer

Take the kids on an adventure, with our fantastic Family Fun Offer! And if you want a little extra fun, we will add kids tents to the room too! From just £190 per night based on a family of 4.

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Why not Spring into 2022!

Take advantage of this offer of 2 nights bed and breakfast, a 4-course dinner and a North Coast tour day for £115 per person per night for stays between March and May 2022. Fall in love with spring and Scotland at Mackays Hotel, Wick.

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Delicious Dining in our Bistro

Whether you are a visitor to the area or live locally, nothing beats the tantalising tastes of Highland Scotland. So if you are looking for a great place to eat in Wick, make sure you stop at Mackays Hotel. From whisky to beef, we’ve got some of the best world cuisines, right on our doorstep.

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Mackays Hotel

A comfortable modern family hotel in the heart of Caithness

Nestled in the centre of Wick on the North Coast 500 route, award-winning Mackays Hotel offers a warm welcome and comfortable accommodation to all our guests. Lovingly run by the same family for over 60 years, we’re the hotel with a heart. If you’re looking for a comfortable room in a modern family hotel during your time in Caithness, then book your stay with us. Choose from 30 en-suite rooms, all of which have wifi access.

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Superior Kingsize Double or Twin Rooms

our superior rooms add that additional slice of luxury to your stay. Warm, comfortable and…...

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Double/Twin Rooms

Here, at Mackays, an award-winning hotel, our double and twin rooms come with all mod…...

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Large Double/Twin

Our Large Double or Twin Rooms offer a generous helping of space! Not to mention…...

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Family Rooms

Complete relaxation is what you'll come to expect from Mackays Hotel's Family Rooms, of which…...

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Small Double Rooms

Small Doubles for single occupancy. Our Small Doubles provide comfortable accommodation for individual guests with…...

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Single Rooms

Warm, comfortable and perfect for one. If you are looking for welcoming places to stay…...

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Holiday Homes to Rent

Modern, spacious and very, very comfortable. This perfectly describes Mackay’s hotel’s holiday homes in Caithness.Sometimes…...

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Travelling Scotland with your Dogs

Are you looking for dog-friendly hotels in Scotland? If so then the good news is…...

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Room Rates

See our room rates at Mackays Hotel. Check our prices for our Wick accommodation in…...

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Family Fun Offer

Take the kids on an adventure! 2 nights bed and breakfast for up to 2…...

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Summer Explorer Offer

Explore this beautiful land with Mackays. For just £79 per person per night, discover the…...

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Autumn Indulgence

Explore this beautiful land with Mackays. For just £82 per person per night, discover the…...

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Summer Swing

Enjoy a round on the Royal Burgh of Wick Club, then a 4-course meal and…...

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Romance in Style Offer

A romantic getaway at Mackays with bubbly, chocolates and a four-course dinner from £120 per…...

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Indulgence Package

Indulge yourself. Enjoy bed and breakfast, a glass of bubbly upon arrival, chocolates, a 4-course…...

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Dining Indulgence Special

Stay between 1st Sept and 31st March and get a glass of bubbly on arrival…...

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Winter Indulgence

Experience a beautiful Highland winter. 2 nights bed & breakfast, 4-course dinner on your first…...

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2022 Spring Escapes

2 nights bed and breakfast, a 4-course dinner and a North Coast tour day for…...

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Gift Vouchers

Sometimes finding that perfect gift can be impossible. And it’s not just when you are…...

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Lunch at No 1 Bistro

A hearty lunch will keep you going, and our team know just how to prepare…...

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Evening at No 1 Bistro

If you are looking for restaurants in Wick that offer fine dining and good company,…...

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Mackays Bar

A cold beer in a traditional Highland bar or a warm dram to chase the…...

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World’s Shortest Street

Did you know, Mackay's Hotel is situated on the world's shortest street? That's right. Ebenezer…...

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North Coast 500

The North Coast 500 is often dubbed as Scotland’s version of ‘Route 66’. But the…...

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No Highland experience would be complete without emerging yourself in our wild and untamed landscapes!…...

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Golf Courses

Mackays Hotel is perfectly located for Highland golf breaks in the far north of Scotland.…...

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Heritage & History

So you are in Caithness and want to submerge yourself if all things historical. Here…...

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Trace your ancestors in Caithness

If you, like many others, have found a calling to trace your ancestry in Scotland,…...

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Food & Drink

No trip to Caithness is complete without trying our traditional Scottish food and drink! Food,…...

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Wick’s Hidden Gems

During your stay at Mackays Hotel, take a day out to explore some of the…...

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Our Local Insights

Visit our blog section for local guides and ideas of things to do in Wick…...

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Weekend Escapes to Wick, Scotland

Our hotel in Wick, Caithness is the perfect base for weekend escapes in Scotland. Where…...

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Orkney Day Trips From John O’ Groats

Looking for Orkney Day Trips from John O’ Groats? We are only a 20-minute drive…...

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Dog Friendly Highlands: Max & Bria’s Favourite Activities

Love dogs? Well, if you haven’t met them personally, Max and Bria are Mackays’ favourite…...

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The Castle of Old Wick

So, you’re looking for a little Wick history? And you want to enjoy dramatic scenery…...

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A Summer Bride: Mackays’ Wedding Journal

From summer loves to lifelong partners, there’s no doubt that love always looks more fun…...

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Inside the NC500: Top Things to Do in the East

More and more people are deciding to visit the Scottish Highlands as their holiday of…...

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A Summer Fling In The Highlands

Scotland is full of rich history and traditions, highland dancing being one of them. And…...

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The Future’s Bright at Mackays!

For over a decade now, Mackays hotel has put the training and development of our…...

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Autumn in the North of Scotland

Autumn is a beautiful season in the Highlands, so if you’re thinking about planning a…...

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Christmas at Mackays Hotel

Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing? Probably not yet, but it’s never too early…...

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Mackays’ Supplier Series: Old Pulteney Distillery

Old Pulteney Distillery is just a stone’s throw from Mackays hotel, which makes us even…...

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Caithness and North Coast Boat Trips

Thinking of exploring the North Coast 500? Our Scottish hotel offers a welcoming experience right…...

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Hidden Spots In The North of Scotland

If you are looking for some Hidden Gems in Caithness, Mackays Hotel offers the perfect…...

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Mackays’ Malts: November

This month at Mackays’ Bar we’re highlighting a smoky, sweet Highland Single Malt; Tomatin Cù…...

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Shop Local This Christmas

Christmas can be overwhelming, and no one wants to be rushing around on the 23rd…...

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St Andrew’s Day Celebrations

Happy St Andrew’s Day! We know Andrew as the patron saint of Scotland, but did…...

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A Winter Break in the Highlands

Scotland may not be the first place you think of for a winter getaway, but…...

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Traditional Scottish Comfort Food

When you see the words Scottish Cuisine, images of deep-fried battered Mars bars might come…...

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Happy New Year from Mackays Hotel!

Hogmanay or is a big celebration in Scotland and the perfect way to welcome the…...

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Mackays’ Supplier Series: John o’ Groats Brewery

We love shining a spotlight on local suppliers and here’s one for the beer lovers…...

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A Rainy Day In Wick

Exploring Scotland mean experiencing our Scottish weather! But don't let this dampen your fun......

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Eat at No 1 Bistro in our Wick Hotel

Enjoy some delicious dining with us

We also have our own in-house eatery, called No 1 Bistro. Here we serve fresh, local and delicious food for lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for a taste of the Highlands, then we’ve got a plate for you. From sandwiches to steak; burgers to brownies, we’ve got everything you need for a quick snack or filling meal.

A champion rump steak baguette from No 1 Bistro in Mackays Hotel

Dog-Friendly Accommodation

Bring your four-legged friend with you on holiday to enjoy a relaxing break in our apartments!

Our holiday apartments offer dog-friendly accommodation. Plus we’re a dog-friendly hotel and restaurant too (in our public areas and dining in the bar), so you don’t need to leave anyone behind! Join our friendly resident dogs Max and Bria as they lounge around the bar area or welcome you at the lobby. Your dogs are very welcome here and we have accommodation that you can all feel comfortable in together. We’re only a short hop from wonderful beaches too, so you and your dogs can breathe in the clean, fresh air! So if you are looking for dog-friendly hotels in the Highlands, come and stay with us.

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Duncaby Head cliffs in Caithness with dramatic lighting
Old Keiss Castle on a moody day in Caithness

North Coast 500

Mackays Hotel makes a perfect stopover for anyone undertaking the beautiful North Coast 500 drive. This route takes in the best of the highlands, from Inverness up through Wick and along the north coast before heading south. It’s a great experience, taking you to places you might never have explored otherwise. Rest up with us here and enjoy the gorgeous town of Wick.

Events & Functions

We’re also available to hire for your events. Weddings, corporate events and other functions can all be catered for in our function room. It can be tailored to your every need and is perfect for team away days, private dinners and funeral teas.

Whatever your Caithness venue hire needs, whether it’s an intimate celbration or a large-scale event you want in Wick, we will make sure it’s perfect and all runs smoothly! Contact us to find out more about our Wick wedding and celebration venues.


Great meal, great whisky knowledge, great hosts – our guests loved it.. 2 coach loads at the same time, and unexpected, they managed in a short timeframe to get the meals for both lots quickly, and everyone loved their meal

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Family Research & Geneology

Find out about your family history

Many people come to Wick in order to research their family origins. Millions of people can trace their ancestors back to Scotland, and many of those here to Caithness.

It’s a fascinating and addictive hobby, and it’s one we love helping people with. We can help put you in touch with a local genealogist, as well as help get you access to Wick’s local library. We’ve also been running the hotel for 60 years, so if it’s insider knowledge about the area you are after, speak to us when you stay!

Whatever you are looking for in a Wick hotel – comfortable rooms, delicious food, helpful staff – you’ll find it here at Mackays. Book your stay today and start planning for your Highland adventure!