Castletown Heritage Society launch: A window on the hidden bronze age landscape of Caithness

28th May 2015

Castletown Heritage Society has recently unveiled its plans for an innovative new tourism project entitled “A window on the hidden bronze age landscape of Caithness”. The project is in partnership with AOC Archaeology, and will use remote sensing technology to produce 3D maps of archaeological sites in Caithness, which will…

Thurso bakery in running for accolade

4th May 2015 from John O'Groat Journal

Judges for the 2015 Scottish Baker of the Year have revealed the nine finalists in the running for the accolade. Reid’S of Caithness has been shortlisted for the competition to be named the best bakery in Scotland. Reid’s, which is based at Ormlie Industrial Estate in Thurso, will be asked…

Call for food and drink firms to take part in awards

4th May 2015

It is the ultimate recognition of excellence for local food and drink businesses. That is how Shirley Spear, chairman of the new Scottish Food Commission, describes the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards. Mrs Spear – founder and director of Michelin-starred restaurant The Three Chimneys and The House Over-By…

Enterprise pupils are top team

4th May 2015

Young Enterprise is, in its own words, “the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity.” It gives young people the chance to create their own business and to work as a group to learn about the world of business. The programme allows young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes…

Caithness the focus of BBC Landward

4th May 2015

Caithness featured heavily last Friday night (May 1st) on the popular BBC One programme, Landward. The 30 minute show, broadcast at 7:30pm on BBC One, saw Dougie Vipond and the team head to the Caithness coast and the tempestuous waters of the Pentland Firth. Euan McIlwraith visited the uninhabited island…

Entries invited for the Scottish Thistle Awards

4th May 2015 from caithness Business Index

For over 20 years the Scottish Thistle Awards have been recognised as Scotland’s tourism industry Oscars. These prestigious awards are without doubt the ones our industry leaders want to have in their trophy cabinet and there are five weeks left to get your application in. The annual competition celebrates success,…

Relay JOGGers on course to break end-to-end record

3rd May 2015

A team of 12 runners are due to arrive at Land’s End today (Sunday) in a bid to beat the Guinness World Record for a relay run from John O’Groats. The runners set off from the famous Caithness landmark on Tuesday and aimed to complete the 923-mile trip in fewer…

Surge in Wick air passenger traffic

1st May 2015 from John O'Groat Journal

An increase in energy-related traffic at Wick John O’Groats airport has helped boost passenger numbers. Figures released by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) show the number of passengers using the Caithness airport rose from 6313 in the first quarter of 2014 to 10,387 for the same period this year,…

Replica fishing yawl on show as waterlines opens at Lybster

1st May 2015 from caithness.org

Waterlines Heritage Centre opened on 1 May 2015 for its summer season. It will be open daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. The replica of the 19th century fishing yawl which was built in the workshop at Waterlines by John Cameron, a local boat builder, is now housed in…

Politicians call in on JGC

1st May 2015 from John O'Groat Journal

Scotland Office minister Jim Wallace was impressed when he was shown round a Caithness engineering firm which is involved in a tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth. Baron Wallace of Tankerness, the former MP for Orkney and Shetland, toured JGC Engineering and Technical Services Ltd at Janetstown on Wednesday.…

Determined dozen out to break record

1st May 2015

A team of 12 runners set off on Monday in a bid to beat the Guinness World Record for a relay run from John O’Groats to Land’s End. The runners hope to complete the 923-mile trip in fewer than six days and not only get into the record books but…

Caithness to feature on Landward

1st May 2015 from John O'Groat Journal

Caithness is set to heavily feature on BBC One programme Landward tonight as the show explores different aspects of the county. Hosted by Dougie Vipond, he goes on a ride with crew members of Thurso Lifeboat to learn about the dangers of the Pentland Firth. Sarah Mack will be on…

Fern sets off from Groats on charity cycle marathon

1st May 2015 from John O'Groat Journal

A television personality has began her epic 874 mile journey from Caithness to Cornwall to raise money for a miscarriage charity. Fern Britton set off from John O’Groats this morning at the start of her 20 day cycle challenge from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Given a piper’s welcome at…

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