The friendly estuary town of Wick is the perfect location for a self-catering holiday exploring the spectacular scenery and many attractions of Caithness. Originally a Viking settlement, and once the busiest herring-port in Europe, influences of Wick's rich history can be seen everywhere. Visit the award-winning Wick Heritage Centre for an insight into the town's fascinating past; a beautifully-restored 19th century fishing boat is among the unique artefacts on display.
Take time to discover the dramatic ruins of the 15th and 17th century castles of Sinclair and Girnigoe, 3 miles north of Wick. Enjoy a stunning cliff-top walk to the castles from the nearby fishing village of Staxigoe, stopping at the beautiful Sinclair Bay beach along the way, a popular spot for windsurfing and sand-yachting enthusiasts. Be sure to look out for the host of seabirds that call Caithness home; lucky visitors may get a glimpse of the area's resident puffins along the cliffs. The impressive and picturesque Castle of Mey - former home of the late Queen Mother - is another hugely popular day out and is located around 2 miles from Wick. It is a 5-star visitor attraction with a wealth of delights to discover; walk through the magnificent gardens, or enjoy the castle's animal centre, a firm favourite with younger visitors.
Explore Wick's bustling harbour and look out for the world's shortest street - Ebenezer Place measures just 2 yards and 9 inches! The famous Old Pulteney whisky distillery is an unmissable treat for single-malt lovers, while golfers can play a round at the Royal Dornoch Championship course. With an abundance of natural beauty, craggy cliffs, archaeological treasures, unspoilt beaches and wild moorland to be explored around the town, Wick is a fantastic base from which to enjoy an unforgettable Highland holiday.