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Situated a few miles short of the most north easterly point on the Scottish mainland, Wick is one of the major settlements in the far north of the country. The town boasts a population of over seven thousand and is a major cultural centre for the wider Caithness area.
While Wick and the northeast tip of Scotland may seem far away, thanks to air travel they are closer than you think. Wick Airport (WIC) is just over a mile north of the town of Wick, and offers easy access to the northernmost reaches of Scotland.
The town is also joined to the rest of the country by rail, but traveling by air makes the area even easier to reach. With this in mind, Wick is the perfect gateway to the Northern Highlands as well as to the Orkney Islands to the north.
Regularly scheduled flights go to Wick Aiport from both Aberdeen Airport (ABZ) and Edinburgh Airport (EDI), allowing history buffs and hikers to travel to this area with a short flight. With the combination of remoteness, stunning windswept scenery, and unique culture, the region is always worth exploring and discovering.
Originally a Viking settlement, Wick sits at the mouth of the Wick River and was originally two separate towns, Wick and Pulteneytown. The latter was named for Sir William Pulteney who masterminded the once-small settlement’s transformation into a fishing village after the Highland Clearances. The name lives on in the title of the town’s whisky distillery Old Pulteney.
Wick is home to a number of historical ruins, the most prominent of which is the 12th century Castle of Old Wick, one of the best preserved Norse castles in Scotland. Three miles north of Wick are the dramatic ruins of the 15th century Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and a short distance to the east is the 16th century Ackergill Tower, which now acts as a five-star hotel and events venue.
The area’s other major town Thurso is also only a half hour away by car. The area around Thurso is also rich in things to do and see, with Dunnet Bay Beach and Dunnet Head Lighthouse nearby. The small peninsula where these attractions are found is in fact the most northerly point on the British mainland, and as such is a must-see spot for people visiting the area.
The town of Thurso itself has plenty to offer. This charming location is the most northerly in Scotland and has a long history stretching back to Norse rule. The town boasts the Caithness Horizons museum, which offers a permanent exhibition detailing the story of the Caithness region throughout its history and up to the present day. The museum also has a number of Pictish and Norse symbol stones on display.
The Scottish northeast should be on your list of must-visit places if you like history, castles, and stunning scenery. Start planning your trip to this beautiful area of Scotland by using the Expedia search tool to investigate hotel and flight prices.
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