Wick attractions

Wick attractions

 

Wick Scotland HighlandsWick lies on the east coast of northern Scotland, 15 miles south of Duncansby Head. The name Wick comes from the Norse for Bay and it was the Vikings who first used the mouth of the River Wick where it flows into Wick Bay as a harbour for their longships and trading vessels. Wick still has the feel of a town that revolves around its harbour and its seafaring traditions.

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Attractions John O' Groats Passenger ferry service from John O' Groats to Orkney. Every day all summer from 1st May to 30th September. www.jogferry.co.uk. About 14 miles north of Wick.

John O' Groats Passenger ferry

Attractions Castle of Mey, Thurso, Caithness KW14 8XH. Tel: 01847 851473. The former holiday home of the late Queen Mother is the most northerly castle on the British mainland. She renovated and restored it and created the beautiful gardens you see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here. www.castleofmey.org.uk. About 18 miles north of Wick.

Castle of Mey

Attractions Thurso Castle, Thurso KW14. Thurso Castle was originally a 12th century earthwork fortress, founded by the Norse Earls. In the 17th century, it was replaced by a stone tower house. The roofless but impressive remains are visible across the rivermouth from the old town of Thurso. About 18 miles northeast of Wick.

Thurso Castle

Attractions The Wick Heritage Museum, Bank Row, Lower Pulteneytown, Wick. Tel: 01955 605393. The largest museum in the North of Scotland. The house, curing yard and cooperage form a museum of Wick's fishing heritage and house the Johnston Photographic Collection - some 100,000 images by three generations of family photogaphers, from 1860-1950. Location: In the centre of Wick.

The Wick Heritage Museum

Attractions Castle of Old Wick. Tel: 01667 460232. The ruin of the best-preserved Norse castle in Scotland is dramatically located on a spine of rock projecting into the sea, between two deep, narrow gullies. Visitors must take great care. The simple four-storey tower is thought to have been built in the late 12th or early 13th century when Caithness was ruled by the Norse Earls of Orkney. About 2 miles south of Wick.

Castle of Old Wick

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