This page is a taster of what to do while you are with us – see our Things to Do page in our online guest guide for more.
As you can see from the Caithness Broch Project map below – Caithness is full of adventures!
Every weekend in the summer has an event like the County Show or Highland Games. Ask about what’s on when you visit.
Take the ferry to Orkney for a day trip at any time of the year.
A sea trip round our cliffs is spectacular at any time, you may see seals or orca at any time of year, and puffins and other sea-birds in the summer.
Caithness provides a lot of gentle and medium walks which are perfect for children and dogs, looking for seaglass on the beaches, or walking along g beaches and cliff-tops, or visiting neolithic ruins, or exploring our hidden straths and glens. You may spot otters, rare birds, or seals (please keep your distance if there are pups with the seals).
If your kids love animals, we have petting farms, alpacas and reindeer! There’s a fairy glen for younger children, and water-sports lessons for teenagers. We even provide kites for taking to the beach!
You could spend your entire stay exploring our castles, including ruins like Castle Sinclair Girnigo or ones still very much in use like the Queen Mother’s Castle of Mey, and Dunrobin Castle down the coast.
For something unique to Caithness, created by our talented artists and makers, visit Ortak at John o’Groats, The Coo’s Tail and Eye Candy in Thurso, and Puldagon Farm Shop outside Wick. If you love learning new skills, try a landscape painting class.
With five local distillery tours, you are spoilt for choice whether your tipple is whisky, rum or gin.
We are often asked “can we see the Northern Lights?” – The answer is “yes” and “no”. There are two or three big shows each winter, but they can look dull and grey to the naked eye, and you cannot book them ahead! Read my blog Photographing the Northern Lights with your Mobile Phone for more information.
Noss Head is still a working lighthouse, so we can’t let you up because we don’t have the keys!
It pays to plan ahead a little, especially if you visit us out of season. Use Trip Advisor to check out cafes and restaurants.
Visit our our online guide for Guests
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We know some of these businesses have plans to re-open this summer – check their websites for details.