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Mackays’ NC500 Recommendations

Follow Mackays on your journey through Scotland's wild side!

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The World’s Smallest Street

If you’re looking for an iconic landmark to highlight your NC500 journey, look no further than Ebenezer Place, the World’s Shortest Street and the home of Mackays Hotel! Existing since 1887, Ebenezer Place recently received acknowledgement for this Guinness World Record in 2006, measuring up to 6ft 9inches!

Dunrobin Castle

Standing since the 1300s the castle has been home to the Highlands most powerful clans. Great photo opportunities and garden walks

Castle Varrich

This ruined Castle is a great opportunity to stretch one’s legs and explore the remnants of the once powerful Clan Mackay!

Whaligoe Steps

While passing through Ulbster why not uncover the unusually situated port of Whaligoe? Leading to Whaligoe Haven descend each of the 330 steps.

Feel yourself step back in history and uncover untamed wildlife that has overcome remnants of this obscure fishing port.

Castle of Mey

Ever fancied yourself as being royalty? Why not walk through the footsteps of the late Queen Mother. With spectacular views, gardens and an opportunity to play with local animals the castle is a great way to stretch those legs.

Thurso East

Dubbed as one of the best reef breaks in the UK, Thurso is an ideal spot for those looking to destress and catch some waves!

Caithness Sea Coast

Join the Geo Explorer for an exciting tour of the East Caithness coastline. Exploring caves, Whaligoe Haven, castles, geos, natural arches and much more. Close up views of seasonal nesting birds and marine wildlife.

Stacks of Duncansby

Only a ten-minute walk from John O’ Groats, grab a quick stroll before continuing your journey. This remarkable landscape is home to breath-taking views and an abundance of highland wildlife.

Smoo Cave

Explore the cave notorious for Vikings and Clan Mackay mischief. Take part in the tour to discover hidden waterfalls and other natural mysteries.

Ben Hope

Bag yourself the most northerly Munro in mainland Scotland. Home to spectacular views of ruined lochans and moors

The Bone Caves

Hidden in a valley of limestone walk through caves where the remnants of countless beasties have been discovered.


Walk through the now abandoned settlement of Badbea, known as the Clearance Village. Despite its bleak history of families being relocated here during the Highland Clearances, this breaktaking walk is worth a venture for those looking to walk through the footsteps of their ancestors.

Clan Gunn Museum

Open between June – September, the museum tells the story of Clan Gunn from their Norse heritage to present day in keeping with the changing history of the Highlands.


Seal Watching in Caithness

Get up close and personal with Caithness seals often spotted near John O’ Groats in Sannick Bay.




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