Mackays Hotel

Mackays Hotel

Luxury Hotel Accommodation in the centre of Wick, Caithness

Discover Wellness: Green Getaways & the Great Outdoors

Posted: May 22nd, 2019 | Posted in: General News

While we want our holidays to meet many criteria, for many it is becoming increasingly important to factor in our wellness and the planets conservation in our rare time off from daily life.

If you sometimes feel that your batteries are running low in charge, the best break can sometimes be right around the corner. Escaping the hustle and bustle of your 9 to 5 need not require a luxurious holiday to a far-off sunny land (especially with our recent weather!). No, sometimes a clear mind can be found in the clear air of the great Highland outdoors.


Discover Wellness: Walk to Contentment

If you seek a minute of peace or just seek your next great adventure, here are a few of our favourite walks that provide the perfect opportunity to relax and practice our mindfulness with Mother Nature.

Flow Country

This remote peat land habitat holds the greatest mysteries of Northern Scotland its rare species. As one of the least populated regions in Scotland, the RSPB Forsinard Flow fulfils the true definition of the great outdoors – allowing you to get a break from the everyday hustle and bustle! In addition to breath taking views, winter in flow country provides the greatest opportunity to get up close to wilderness of Scotland including wild red deer herds!

If you fancy making a day of it, Forsinard Flow also makes for a brilliant location to begin your star gazing and constellation expeditions, with epic views of the Northern Lights throughout the year!

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Brora Beach

This sandy beach contains several natural wonders that justify a weekend retreat from the city! Explore the remnants of the Jurassic period, with fossils and rocks scattered across the plane. If you’re more interested in the here and now, be sure to bring some binoculars! The beach is blessed with regular visitors such as dolphins, minke whales and grey & common seals.


Stacks of Duncansby

Only a ten-minute walk from John O’ Groats, grab a quick stroll before continuing your journey. This remarkable landscape is home to breath-taking views and an abundance of highland wildlife.

A popular reason that people decide to visit Duncansby Head is that it is located on a clifftop. This means that there are beautiful views across the sea that make for the ideal walk along the edges of mainland Scotland. Whilst John O’ Groats may be a popular tourist destination and one that is often bustling with people, Duncansby Head is a natural and untouched beauty spot and it gives you a real taste of Scotland!


Pass on Gas: Green Getaways in the Highlands

Travelling far and wide can become rather daunting when considering the possible growth of your carbon footprint, so why not shape your holiday with positivity and pick an accommodation with great environmentally friendly credentials?

It’s no secret that at Mackays, we work hard to minimise our carbon footprint. If you too, share a passion for green living, you’ll be delighted to know that Mackays have a Tesla charging point available for all conscious drivers!

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This service is available for Tesla drivers who are staying or dining with us at Mackays. As Mackays owner and environmental enthusiast, Murray Lamont, once explained, ‘Our thinking is simple, charge while you dine at no extra cost!’

Green efforts such as these are not uncommon at Mackays, which has been awarded with a Gold Standard Green Tourism Award.

While our attempts at achieving a greener world continue throughout the year, the upcoming celebration of World Environmental Day has us keen to spread the word! If you crave a Highland retreat with minimal carbon impact, we invite you to stay with the hotel with a heart big enough for our guests and our planet.

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