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World’s Shortest Street

Ebenezer Place … The World’s Shortest Street Did you know, Mackay’s Hotel is situated on the world’s shortest street? That’s right. Ebenezer Place in Wick holds the world record for the shortest street. Our No 1 Bistro is the only address on Ebenezer Place, but at 6ft 9 … Read more…

Trace ancestors Scotland

Trace your ancestors in Caithness

Trace your ancestry in the far north of Scotland Did you know that there are over fifty million people worldwide with Scottish Ancestry? Now, it seems very likely that you’ve got a distant Scottish relative. But how distant is your Scottish blood? If you, like many others, have … Read more…

Caithness Coast


Outdoor Adventure in Caithness No Highland experience would be complete without emerging yourself in our wild and untamed landscapes! Whether you’re an animal lover or an adventure seeker, there are several outdoor activities available in Caithness, guaranteed to tickle your fancy. Ranger Services Caithness and Sutherland offers a … Read more…

Trinkie on the NC500

Wick’s Hidden Gems

Things to do in Wick: Hidden Gems During your stay at Mackays Hotel, take a day out to explore some of the more overlooked things to do in Wick, Caithness. Our hidden gems … Lyth Art Centre Art exhibition by day or indulge in musical sensations at night. … Read more…

Mackays Whisky

Food & Drink

Food and Drink in Caithness No trip to Caithness is complete without trying our traditional Scottish food and drink! Food, scran, grub –  whatever you name it, we Scots love it! We have a wide variety of national foods that go hand in hand with our beloved beverages. … Read more…

History and Heritage

Heritage & History

Highland History and Heritage Explore our Highland history with these local Caithness sites, museums and heritage centres. Wick Heritage Centre 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 … Read more…

Caithness beach on the NC500

North Coast 500

Touring the North Coast 500 The North Coast 500 is often dubbed as Scotland’s version of ‘Route 66’. But the comparison fails to illustrate the breath-taking culture and heritage one embarks on, over this journey. Created in 2014 by the North Highland Initiative, the route brings together 500 miles … Read more…

Orkney ferry


Our Location Mackays Hotel Union Street, Wick, Caithness, Scotland, KW1 5ED Contact us Our hotel is in the town of Wick, Caithness. The ideal location for exploring the beautiful Northern Highlands of Scotland. Before you start planning your journey, have you had a thought of how much carbon … Read more…

When one jumps over the edge, one is bound to land somewhere. Land right here. Wick sits within the beautiful county of Caithness, in the north of Scotland. We’re lucky to have so many beautiful areas on our doorstep. From mountains to coast, whatever outdoors experience you are looking for, we’re sure to have it here. There are loads of things to do in Wick for every visitor. You might be coming alone, with a partner or with family and friends and are on the lookout for some adventures. Well, here are some ideas to get you started.

Framed by sea

Caithness is framed by the sea on two sides and the mountains of Sutherland on the third.

Like a small triangular-shaped piece of heaven on Earth, it has a strong identity, which looks northward to Orkney and Shetland as much as south to the highlands.

Beneath stunning, expansive skies, its windswept landscape contains nearly 5,500 archaeological features of all periods.

It’s an absolute treasure trove of history, land, and sea and it’s here for you to discover.

We’ve barely scratched the surface…

There’s so much here to see and do that you are sure to want to stay awhile. It makes sense to find somewhere comfortable to stay that is close to so many fantastic attractions. That’s one of the reasons why Mackays Hotel is so popular. Being in Wick, we’re perfectly placed for stopping as people travel around the North Coast 500. We also have great access to the rugged Scottish coastline. And if it’s a trip to the mountains you are after, we’re nearby them too!

We are near John O’Groats!

We’ve only scratched the surface on Wick attractions and things to do in Caithness. For example, did you know we are near John O’Groats? This is not the most northerly mainland spot in the UK as many people believe. Instead, it is one endpoint of the longest distance between two inhabited villages in the UK (Lands End in Cornwall is at the other end, some 876 miles away). However, it’s still a great place to come for your photo with what must be the most northerly signpost! 

And there is more…

If you are looking for the most northerly point in the UK, then you will want to go to Dunnet Head. This is a great place for a day trip, with plenty of seabirds to view and you’re sure to get some bracing sea air too! We’re a short drive away from here, and just down the coast from there is Dunnet Beach. If you’ve never been before, this place will take your breath away. If you thought you had to go thousands of miles away to find a wide, sweeping white-sands beach, then think again. It’s a great place to come for a walk, and even better with a dog who can run and run and run! There’s plenty of birdlife to view here too. 

Stay at Mackays Hotel on your holiday

So make sure you plan your itinerary in advance. There’s so much to see and do near Wick that you’ll want to be organised! And if you would like any local advice when you arrive, our friendly staff will be more than happy to help. We hope you enjoy all these things to do in Caithness when you stay here. Make sure you take a look at all our rooms, and book your stay with us today! 

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