Things to do on a summer break in Wick

Are you coming to stay with us at Mackays Hotel in Wick this summer? There’s still time to book your summer break in the far north of Scotland! And to help you plan your adventures, we’ve put together this guide to the best things to do in Wick and the wider Caithness area for the summer season.

Visit seasonal attractions

Most museums in Caithness are closed over the winter, so take this opportunity to visit them in the summer tourist season. These include Wick Heritage Museum, the North Coast Visitor Centre and Laidhay Croft Museum. This also goes for many of the local tours, such as wildlife boat trips with Caithness Seacoast. There are so many local tours and attractions to enjoy. Take a look at our See and Do Guide for more ideas.

Have plenty of outdoor adventures

The great outdoors is your playground this summer, out here on the wild, rugged north coast of Scotland. Stroll along glorious beaches, such as Keiss Beach just north of Wick or the Bay of Sannick near John O’ Groats. Explore natural wonders like Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain, and nearby rock formation Geo of Sclaites, where hundreds of birds nest. Thrill seekers will enjoy watersports with North Coast Watersports Surf School. And golfers can experience challenging holes and stunning views at the historic Wick Golf Club.

Attend summer shows and events

There’s a lot happening in Caithness over the 2024 summer season.

We have traditional Highland Games events taking place in Halkirk on 27th July and Mey on 3rd August. These are great family days out, which include Scottish sports competitions such as the caber toss, haggis hurl and tug o’ war, and traditional music, dancing and entertainment.

The Caithness Show, held in Wick on 19th and 20th July, is our local agricultural show. It features livestock displays and competitions, trade stands, speciality food and drink, and craft stalls.

Don’t miss Wick Gala Week, from 27th July to 3rd August, with its fantastic opening parade, family events throughout the week, and a spectacular firework display on the closing night.

Keep an eye on the event schedule for Wick RBLS Pipe Bands, as they have been known to parade through the town during the summer evenings in previous years.

Plus, every year, there is an action-packed calendar of events at the Lyth Arts Centre. Featuring arts, crafts and music, these summer sessions are perfect for all!

So, come and visit us here in the far north of Scotland for an unforgettable summer break. We offer comfortable hotel rooms and self-catering accommodation at Mackays Hotel. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help when booking.

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