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The first in the Discovery series of films from Venture North. Discover the appeal of the winter months in Caithness & Sutherland!

Venture North Discovery: Winter from Venture North on Vimeo.

There is much to see in Caithness & Sutherland. We always advise guests to first visit Caithness Horizons which is in walking distance from the cottages. This new visitor attraction acts as the hub for the area and houses a museum, exhibitions, displays, a shop and a café. Some £4m has been spent on establishing this facility and admission is free.

In Thurso the shops, supermarkets, café’s, pubs and restaurants are all in easy walking distance from the cottages. Further afield we recommend the following visits:

Falls of Shin
To see its famous waterfalls where salmon leap on their migratory route in the spawning beds further upstream. There is also a ‘mini Harrods’ located there!

Smoo Cave

The Flows National Nature Reserve

Dunnet Head
The most northerly point on the UK mainland. The area is alive with seabirds such as fulmar and puffins which nest on the steep ledges. A walk along the cliff top through flower-rich heathland gives you a chance to experience the ferocity of the Pentland Firth. Dunnet Head can be seen from both cottages too!

Castle of Mey and Gardens
The 16th century Castle of Mey was originally built by the Earl of Caithness and was restored by the Queen Mother. The Castle is now run as 5 star visitor attraction and is complemented by an animal centre which is very popular with children.

Stacks of Duncansby
Duncansby Head offers a dramatic experience. From the car park at the lighthouse, a short walk takes you down to the spectacular Stacks of Duncansby, some of the most impressive in the British Isles.

Wick Heritage Centre
The award winning and captivating museum documents the history of the town and its importance in the herring industry generally.

Grey Cairns of Camster
Camster Cairns are amongst the best preserved Neolithic chambered cairns in the British Isles.
Supposedly haunted and well worth a visit!
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Lybster Harbourand Waterlines
The Waterlines Heritage Centre in the working harbour at Lybster tells the story of the planned village,
established at the height of the 19th century herring boom
Open 11am 5pm. Tel 01593 721520

Above are just some of the attractions and all can be easily done in a day. In addition to these, there is also the option of visiting Orkney which can be reached from either Scrabster, Gills or John O’Groats.
John O’Groats itself is a world renowned icon and should not be missed!

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