Live performances and visual arts
For art, theatre, dance, music and more!
Lyth Arts Centre in Lyth, near Wick, is the most northerly arts centre on the UK mainland. It hosts a programme of live performances, exhibitions and other arts events from February to December each year. Located in an old Victorian school building, completely refurbished on the inside. Facilities include a 60-seat studio theatre, exhibition space and also a public café bar on site.
Check the Lyth Arts Centre events calendar for the latest upcoming shows and events. You can book tickets online via their website, by calling 01955 601428, or by visiting the box office directly during opening hours. The centre is located between Wick and Thurso, in the heart of Caithness.
We attended a function at Mackays to open the Mey Games 2019, the staff were superb and very attentive, the food (Buffet) was second to none, beautifully presented and fresh. Great choice of beers and whiskies, and very reasonably priced for a hotel, what more could we ask for? The Manager introduced himself and nothing was too much trouble – we’re looking forward to attending again next year.
About the centre
Artist and musician, William Wilson, founded Lyth Arts Centre 1977. Over time, it has grown from an art gallery into an exciting hub for arts events and exhibitions. The programme, which runs from February to December, presents live shows from small-scale touring companies, including high-quality drama and a wide range of musical genres. Plus, a selection of carefully curated art exhibitions.
Festivals and projects
Scottish arts festivals
Lyth Art Centre also takes part in many local arts projects, and hosts festivals and events in the community. Such as the Northern Lights Festival in 2021 and the Northern Stories Festival in 2022. So, if you’re interested in attending their next event, you can find a list of the latest festivals and projects here on the centre’s website.
Caithness arts and culture
Explore more local museums and arts attractions
Mackays Hotel, in the far north of Scotland, is surrounded by a whole host of fantastic arts attractions, galleries and museums. There’s so much to enjoy in the local area during your stay with us. You’ll find more arts and culture attractions and many other great things to do near Wick in our extensive See and Do Guide.