Local walks

Explore the dramatic coastlines of Wick and Caithness, Scotland

The stunning coastline around Wick and the Caithness area provides the perfect destination for magnificent local walks. From the famous village of John O’Groats to the spectacular Duncansby Stacks. During your stay at Mackays Hotel, grab a packed lunch on us and explore this wild and rugged landscape for yourself!

Walks around Wick and Caithness

Wick is a picturesque town and royal burgh in Caithness. It is a ideal spot to base yourself in the far north of Scotland for scenic walks exploring the dramatic coastline. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful stroll on a beautiful beach, or a challenging hike along the rocky cliffs, you’ll find the perfect walk for you.

Caithness coastline

Located close to the dramatic, rugged northern coastline, this is a spectacular place to explore on foot. Popular local walks include the Whaligoe Steps, the Castle of Old Wick and the Duncansby Stacks. For a long-distance route, there’s the John O’ Groats Trail from Inverness to John o’ Groats. However, this is a more difficult route, with varying terrain and some unmarked sections. Great for seasoned walkers looking for a challenge!

Glorious beach walks

Caithness beaches offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are miles of golden sands to take in. With the sound of the crashing waves and the call of the seabirds, there many magical places to take a wander. Keiss Beach, Dunnet Bay Beach, Sannick Bay Beach and Peedie Sands are just some of our favourites.

Britain’s most northly point

One of the biggest attractions in the area is the village of John O’Groats, around a half-hour drive from Wick. Famous for being one of the most northerly points in Great Britain. Although, Dunnet Head, 14 miles further along, is actually the northern-most point on the mainland. This is a wonderful coastal walk with amazing views across the sea to the isle of Hoy. Marvel at the magnificent scenery and look out for an array of birds, which nest on the sandstone cliffs. The area is an RSPB nature reserve, home to puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets and gulls.