Caithness Horizons

Indoor Attractions

Here are just some of the great places to visit:

Broch Centre – This recently opened visitor attraction offers visitors an insight into Brochs and the communities around them. The centre is located at Auckengill on the A99 between Wick and John O’Groats.

Caithness Horizons Visitor Centre – Located in the centre of Thurso this outstanding visitor attraction offers a range of interesting things to see and do. The centre houses an exhibition which tells the story of Dounreay, Caithness history, archaeology and lots more. There is a shop, café and a gallery for visiting exhibitions. Entrance to the exhibitions is free.

Castle of Mey - This outstanding visitor attraction is the former home of the late Queen Mother. The addition of a restaurant and gift shop makes this a fantastic place to visit. A visit to the Castle provides an intimate glimpse into the private lives of the Royal Family with a stroll around the walled garden recommended.

Castletown Heritage Centre - Located on the most northerly coast on the mainland of Scotland, Castletown in Caithness is frequently referred to as the ‘Flagstone Village’ reflecting its association with the quarrying and export of high quality flagstone as paving and construction material by the 18th century improver and founder of the Castlehill flagstone industry, James Traill. Important though the flagstone industry was, Castletown and the surrounding Parish of Olrig has a much bigger story to tell, revealing a rich and diverse social, economic and archaeological heritage stretching from its earliest origins in pre-history, the impact of Viking habitation, the strategic role played by RAF Castletown in the defence of Scapa Flow and the north British coastal waters during World War II, to the present day.

Old Pulteney Distillery - The Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly on the Scottish mainland, and continues to make malt whisky using traditional methods nearly two centuries after its opening. A tour is the ideal way to experience this craftsmanship first hand. You can try a complimentary dram and discover the taste of the award-winning whisky for yourself or purchase your own hand-filled bottle from our cask selection. Old Pulteney’s fascinating history is also brought to life by the distillery’s excellent visitor centre, with a full range of souvenirs and products available in the shop.

Waterlines Visitor Centre – a charming visitor centre located at the harbour in the village of Lybster. The centre has lots of interesting things to see and learn about the area and its heritage with some interactive displays for the children. There is also a café.

Wick Heritage Centre – This award-winning visitor centre is located in the Lower Pulteneytown area of Wick. As well as an impressive and extensive range of exhibits charting Wick’s heritage, the centre also houses the Johnston Collection – an extensive photographic collection which spans from 1863 – 1975. The collection is the work of three generations of a local family of photographers. Around 100,000 glass plates were collected from that time with around 50,000 of these being saved by the Heritage Society.



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