Rugged coastline, open peat lands, historical ruins and an ancient heritage
make Caithness a perfect place for a self catering holiday. The
most northerly county of Scotland, Caithness extends around 30 miles of coast,
stretching from Dunnet Head in the north to the Ord of Caithness in the
south. Large towns, harbour communities, remote villages and stand-alone
farm buildings characterise the sweeping landscape. Explore the
archaeological sites that draw crowds of tourists year on year, many renting a holiday cottage in Caithness.
From town houses to bothys, Caithness self catering accommodation comes in
a variety of forms. Backpackers can enjoy the convenience and price of
several bunk houses and hostels. For a more comfortable stay try renting a
property in one of the local towns such as or . A manse and round house are
available to hire and offer a quirky alternative to a cottage. Chalets,
crofts and farmhouses are a great choice for those looking to stay in the
quieter areas of Caithness. The climate is directly affected by exposure to
the coast and weather is prone to changing rapidly throughout the day so be
sure to wrap up warm and remember waterproof clothing. The best time to
visit is in the warm, breezy months of July and August, when travellers can
enjoy bright sunshine.
John O'Groats is an iconic town in Scotland because it is the highest
mainland point within the UK and many tourists look for . The Last House Museum is a celebration of its grographical location and exhibits artefacts from life in this isolated area. Holborn Head
Lighthouse is a great attraction for families and those looking for a unique
panorama. Delve into the Seadrift Centre in Dunnet and investigate the
records at Castletown’s Heritage Centre.
Known once as the Herring Capital of the World, Wick is the largest town in
Caithness and a royal burgh. Thurso is a close second in size and has great
amenities if you are . Wick Harbour still plays an active commercial role with links
across the North Sea to Scandinavian ports. can browse
the local shops and markets or sail out of the marina on a diving, angling
or bird watching vessel. On dry land, settle down in front of the open
fireplace in the Crown Bar or Ebenezer’s in the centre of town - traditional pubs where you can sample local life whilst renting a . Sip a pint
of Real Mackay at the Old Smiddy Inn in Thrumster, located 4 miles from Wick.
The natural beauty of Caithness can be found all around. Moorland and
scattered settlements including Watten, Sibster, Reay, Halkirk and
Berriedale can be reached by car on a rough gravelled track. The people of
these small areas are very hospitable and welcome visitors with warm smiles
and tales of old. Caithness is also abundant with wildlife; particularly
marine and bird life. Forsinard Nature Reserve is a great way to get closer
to these creatures and experts are on hand to show examples of rare birds
such as the Spoonbill and Lesser Scaup. Watch the waves for seals popping up
to the surface; otters frequent the small flowing burns throughout the
countryside. Follow the Forsinain Trail, one of the county’s popular hiking
routes, or join the friendly members of the Caithness Field Club on their
weekly meet-up. For first time hikers choose a less strenuous guided tour
around the nature reserve with a Ranger.
Whatever you want to see or do on your self-catering holiday in Caithness you will find plenty to occupy you in this stunning northernmost part of Scotland.