Caithness

Highland Cattle in Caithness

Highland Cattle in Caithness

Iron-age castles and towers

This former county located on the northwestern tip of Scotland is only lightly inhabited. Most of the 25,000 residents live in Thurso and in the historic town of Wick, which was the capital. The remainder of the verdant land area is used for sheep and highland cattle. In prehistoric times, this region was inhabited by the Picts, whose presence is attested to by the archaeological traces they left behind, especially by the windowless iron age towers called brochs. These ancient monuments are connected to each other by a path called the Yarrows Archaeology Trail.  



Attractions Caithness


Castle of Mey

Haunted castle belonging to the Queen Mother

This castle in northeastern Scotland was built in the 16th century and was used as a residence by the Earls of Caithness until the end of the 19th century. It was then inherited outside the family and became derelict. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother bought the estate in 1952 and had it completely renovated. The monarch, who herself was born in Scotland, continued to use the castle as a vacation residence until her death. Today, it is open to the public when it is not being visited by the Royal Family. Prince Charles usually stays here for a week around the beginning of August. The castle is said to be haunted by the spirit of the Green Lady, who was the fifth daughter of the Earl of Caithness. After being locked in an attic room by her father for falling in love with a commoner, the lovesick woman died after throwing herself from a window.   

Further information:
www.castleofmey.org.uk


Thurso

Viking settlement on the edge of the highmoor

Today the town counts 10,000 inhabitants and was founded over 1,000 years ago by the Vikings. It was named after the river “Thjorsa”. The old, beautifully restored houses around the ruins of St. Peter convey medieval flair. The northernmost city in Britain once lived from trade in hides and skins which were shipped all the way to the Baltic states. South of the town a deserted highmoor plane stretches thousands of kilometers. Ferries to the Orkney Islands run daily. The Queen Mom Home near Caithness en route to Wick is open for tours, a must-see for each Royalty-Fan.


Wick

Viking castle and whiskey distillery

The historical seat of the County of Caithness on the northeastern tip of Scotland has about 7,000 inhabitants. The town history can be traced all the way back to the Viking era. The ruins of the Castle of Old Wick perched on a cliff south of the town stem from the 12th century, when the region was under Norwegian rule. Ebenezer Place, with a length of only two meters and six centimeters, holds the Guinness World Record of shortest street in the world. Wick is also the seat of the famous whiskey distillery Old Pulteney.

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