Caithness Visitor Information Guide
The borders of Caithness are the Pentland Firth to the north, and Moray Firth to the east, this is a historic county, Caithness has a land boundary with the historic county of Sutherland together they cover the far north coast of Scotland, on land and bounded by the sea, part of the North Coast 500 route, The route is an experience in itself and driving the full 516 miles of coastline makes for an exhilarating holiday, the heart of Sutherland is the only county that has access to the east, west and north coasts of Scotland.
The coast is low-lying on the east, with off shore stacks at places based around harbours and making their living on a mix of fishing and tourism.
The Pentland Firth island of Stroma is within Caithness, the geological features of the Caithness coastline feature soaring sea stacks, raucous colonies of sea birds and vertically faced headlands jutting out into the wild waters of the Pentland Firth, with ferries linking Caithness with Orkney. Here you will find Nybster Harbour, Located 14 miles south of Wick.
- Caithness Postcode KW2
- Caithness Latitude: 58.4389° N Longitude: 3.0937° W
- Caithness WOEID 23689983
Nybster offers a range of activities for the family to enjoy, from historic remnants of the Highlands through the town’s brochs, it is home to a lovely stretch of sandy beach and Sinclairs Bay, a stretch of pure, white sands, locally known as Reiss Beach, with a remarkable landscape, although the waters may be too cold for swimming, the beach provides your prime opportunity for a blast of fresh air or your chance to experience an unforgettable display of the Northern Lights!
The land boundary follows a watershed and is crossed by two roads, the A9 and the A836, and one railway, the Far North Line.
The vast open landscape, also known as the flow country, is rich in archaeological remnants of a bygone age, inland to the north, is a desolate flat peat bog and moorland, one of the last true wilderness areas in Europe, with high cliffs, while the population of the Flow Country is sparse, it is a popular home for numerous rare plants, insects and birds.
Dunnet Head is the most northerly point in Mainland Britain, whilst John O Groats is the most northerly village, this cliff top landscape provides a dramatic journey, perfect for those who seek a rugged, yet manageable walk and breath taking views of the sea towards Orkney.
Caithness is home to John O Groats Wick Airport in Wick with flights daily from Edinburgh or Aberdeen, with car hire ready available.