Caithness

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Caithness and North Coast Sutherland is a largely area of unspoilt, dramatic scenery in the far north of Scotland, indeed, on the extreme edge of Europe.


The borders of Caithness are the Pentland Firth to the north, and Moray Firth to the east. Caithness meets Sutherland, together covering the far north coast of Scotland. The coast is low-lying on the east, and majestic on the north, with high cliffs and offshore stacks at places like Duncansby Head. Wick and Thurso are the main settlements, based around harbours and making their living on a mix of fishing and tourism. Inland is the desolate flat peat bog and moorland of the Flow Country, one of the last true wilderness areas in Europe. While the population of the Flow Country is sparse, it is a popular home for numerous rare plants, insects and birds.

A walk round the rugged coast or the wetter inland areas of peat bog (now part of the worlds best preserved area of natural peat bog and its flora and fauna) will let anyone see that to survive in earlier times meant strength, ingenuity and the need to continually strive for improvements. That legacy still remains to this day and despite the downturn in many industries the people of Caithnesshave survived through the worst of times in several centuries and still came out intact enjoying life to the full wherever they went.

Caithness has over 4000 monuments dating from Prehistoric right up to the more recent Highland Clearances era.


 

 



 


Tours that visit Caithness:

From Inverness

John O’Groats and the Far North (1 day)

From Edinburgh

Scottish Wilderness (3 days)
Best of the Highlands (4 days)
Highland Explorer (5 days)

From Glasgow

Scottish Wilderness (3 days)
Best of the Highlands (4 days)
Highland Explorer (5 days)

 


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