Caithness, Wick and Thurso


Caithness is the northeastern extremity of mainland Britain. Everyone has heard of the tiny village of John o'Groats but this county has a stunning coastline, from Dunnet Head, the most northerly headland, to the Great Stacks of Duncansby and the remarkable Whalligoe Steps.

The area is rich too in archaeological remains with some of the best-preserved surviving brochs and chambered cairns to illustrate the distant past. The towns of Thurso and Wick are surprisingly amongst the largest in the Highlands, with Thurso's port of Scrabster being the main gateway to the Orkney Islands beyond.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Badbea - Clearance Village 2km 1 hour
St John's Point 2.75km 1 hour
Whaligoe Steps and the Cairn of Get 3km 1 - 1.5 hours
Dunnet Forest 3.5km 1 - 1. 5 hours
Thurso to Scrabster 3.5km 1 hour
Castletown: the Flagstone Trail and the Battery 3.75km 1.5 - 2 hours
Dunnet Bay 5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Wick Old Castle and the harbour 6.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Thurso Bay and Castle 7km 2 hours
Causeymire Wind Farm 8km 2 hours
Yarrows Archaeology Trail 3.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Holborn Head, Scrabster 7.5km 2 hours
Wick River 8.25km 2 - 3 hours
Freswick to Dunscansby Head, Freswick 8.25km 2.5 hours
Duncansby Head and John o'Groats 8.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe and Noss Head 9km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Dunbeath Strath 10.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Dunnet Head 17km 5.5 - 6.5 hours
Morven and Maiden Pap 16.75km 7 - 8 hours

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