Caithness and North Sutherland has a rich and diverse cultural life, with something for people of all ages.
Being relatively close to Scandinavia, the area has inevitably been influenced by Viking Norse rule as well as the Scots Gaelic language and culture. But before the Norsemen pitched up in their longboats more than a millennia ago, Caithness and North Sutherland was settled in pre-historic times by people whose distinctive fortified stone brochs remain to this very day, mysterious sentinels guarding the coast for invaders.
This cultural background, while not unique, does give Caithness and North Sutherland a distinct identity which has reverberated down through the ages until today. This proud heritage is celebrated and much in evidence in the landscape and archaeological remains that scatter the region.
Culture is a living entity, however, and this is evidenced in the busy calendar of events throughout the year that spans Mòd festivals and ceilidhs to drama, poetry and the visual arts.