Caithness, And Why Not…
Caithness is a land of open, rolling farmland, moorland with many scattered settlements of small Towns and Villages.
The county is fringed to the north and east by dramatic coastal scenery and is home to large, internationally important colonies of seabirds. The surrounding waters of the Pentland Firth and the North Sea hold a great diversity of marine life.
To the north in Pentland Firth lies Stroma, the only major island of the county, and beyond that lies the Islands of Orkney, visible on most clear days.
Away from the coast, the landscape is dominated by open moorland and blanket bog known as the Flow Country which is the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe, extending into Sutherland.
This is divided up along the straths of Caithness by more fertile farm and croft land. In the far south the landscape is slightly hillier, culminating in Morvern, the highest peak in the county at 706 m (2,316 ft).
Caithness is certainly one of the most diverse Counties in Scotland and with so much history and culture extending way back 5,000 years there is much to be seen and do in this great place.
Too the many people who travel the Route and seem to bypass much of it with maybe the exception of John O’Groats, making a big mistake by missing out on a true Gem.
Where to go and what to see, let us list the places many miss, starting from Wick the County town then on to Mey, Milton, Bower Tower, Castletown, Fross, Haster, Braun, Occumster, West Dunnet, Staxigoe, Canisby, Fresgoe, Crosskirk, Bowermadden, Hunspow, Lybster, Corsback, Mid Clyth, Latheronwheel, Roster, Halkirk, Berriedale, Ham, Lower Dounreay, Scrabster, Huna, Bilbster, Mybster, Dunbeath, Lochend, Borgue, Dorrey, Dounreay, Shebster, Gillock, Thurso, Watten, Upper Dounreay, Badbea, Barrock, Westerdale, Lyth, Braemore, Janetstown, Thurdistoft, Spittal, Sarclet, Thuster, Achvarasda, Gills, Kirk, Frose, Scotscalder, Freswick, Reiss, Auckengill, Thrumster, Reay, Greenland, Skaill, Weydale, Halkirk, Barrock, Ackergill, Stirkoke, Whaligoe, Scarsferry, Keiss, Glengolly, Ulbster, Papigoe, Latheron, and Braemore, to name a few.
With all these places there really is plenty to see and Do.
Take a trip to the sea, or a ferry for the day to Orkney, explore the fascinating land that is the Flow Country, or historically visit numerous Castles and many Brochs or stroll along the long golden empty sandy beaches.
Go Horse riding, become a chocolatier for the Day, Climb the fabulous woods or Walk along some of the Most outstanding cliffs in the UK.
From The Castle of Mey to Duncansby Head to the Last House, or maybe the 365 steps at Whaligoe or crawl into 5,000 year old Cairn at Camster, or check out a Lighthouse or two, and in the darkened night wonder tat the awesome Northern Lights.
Caithness really is a place well worth more than ‘Just’ a drive through.