Guests looking to journey out of Wick for the day should definitely consider making the wee drive up to Thurso, only 20 miles from Mackays Hotel, Wick.
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Take a day trip to Thurso from Wick.

Things to do in Thurso, visitors guide.

Thurso, the most northern town on the Scottish mainland, is a prime location for exploring the surrounding countryside. With its history, scenic landscapes and variety of activities, Thurso has something to offer everyone. 

Don’t worry about getting around in the highlands, there is a regular bus and train connection between Wick and Thurso. 

Start your visit to Thurso by exploring its traditional shops, cafes and pubs. Visit the circular well-house of Meadow Well and enjoy the views from Janet Street overlooking the River Thurso near Thurso Bridge. Art enthusiasts can visit the Swanson Gallery for year-round exhibitions or see the glass creations by Ian Pearson.

Take a trip to the North Coast Visitors Centre in Thurso, where they have a museum of collections and exhibits. Keep an eye on their events as they have regular updates on what’s on. After exploring pop into the cafe for a coffee and cake to unwind.

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Outdoor adventures in Thurso

The beautiful town of Thurso offers many outdoor activities. Enjoy swimming or surfing at Thurso Bay, known for its surf-friendly waters and stunning coastal views. The Victoria Walk is a clifftop trail that provides panoramic vistas of the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands.



Really enjoyed my stay at Mackays Hotel, all the staff are very friendly and welcoming. Quality of food and service great with a good selection to choose from Room was a decent size and modern. Will be back again during my next visit

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Visit the most Northerly distillery in Sctoland
Massive Haggis food dish with knife stuck in it. Part of Burns Night celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Try local flavours...

After a day of exploring, enjoy Thurso’s local cuisine. The town offers a range of dining options from fresh seafood to traditional Highland dishes. Visit Wolfburn Distillery, the most northern whisky distillery on the mainland, to sample spirits and learn about the distillation process.

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Making memories in our special hotel...

At Mackays Hotel in Wick, we recommend Thurso as an excellent destination for travellers exploring Caithness and Sutherland. Our hotel offers comfortable accommodations and a welcoming atmosphere, providing a relaxing stay after a day spent discovering Thurso. Book your stay with us today and explore the attractions of Scotland’s far north.

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