Mackays Hotel

Mackays Hotel

Luxury Hotel Accommodation in the centre of Wick, Caithness

Hidden spots in the North of Scotland

Posted: October 5th, 2019 | Posted in: General News

Sometimes, the most memorable parts of a holiday are places off the beaten track, after you’ve read the map wrong and stumbled across a hidden gem. If you don’t fancy getting lost in the Highlands, we’ve put together a few undiscovered spots near us. But don’t tell anyone else, they’re a secret!


keiss castle at sunset
Keiss Castle


Keiss Castle

Perched precariously on the edge of a cliff, you’ll have to travel through Keiss village to find this historic site. It’s a perfect day trip, only 7 miles North of us and a coastal walk to find the ruins. The castle is said to have been the favourite residence of George Sinclair, 5th Earl of Caithness. Now it’s a dramatic coastal ruin with an equally impressive coastal walk to reach it. Take a walk at sunset to get the most impressive photo!


Nybster Broch

Brochs are Iron-age ruins, easily recognised by their round, thick walls. Caithness is famous for having more Brochs than anywhere else in Scotland! There’s an air of mystery around these ancient brochs, a 2000-year-old souvenir of a different way of life. A nearby broch in Nybster is a must-see, one of the more complete examples of a broch in the North fo Scotland. There’s a beautiful coastal walk to get there, and the nearby Caithness Broch Centre is a great place to find out more about the area’s history.


Old St Peter’s Kirk

If you’re planning a trip to Thurso, don’t miss this old church building! The Old Kirk is a great stop after walking along Thurso’s harbour. The first thing you’ll notice is the striking window, carved from a single slab of stone. It changes the Category A listed building from unassuming to unmissable. You’ll get some great photos and a good walk around Thurso town!


Shortest Street in the World

We don’t like to brag, but we’re a hidden gem too! Our hotel is located on Ebenezer Place, the shortest street in the world. In the centre of Wick, we’re a great pitstop for some food or dram of whisky before exploring the town some more. Get a photo and then come in for a meal at our No 1 Bistro!

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