Some things that might bring you here
It's a great location for:
- a Stop-over on the North coast 500 trip,www.northcoast500.com as you explore round the north of Scotland. It's a useful stop on the way to or from Orkney, or as a base for exploring the Far North (all of which is within an easy day trip of here)
- a Stop-over for cyclists and walkers on the Lands End to John o' Groats route (only 38 miles from John o' Groats).
- a Stop-over (perhaps for several days) as you tackle this section of the John o' Groats Trail.
- It's a good base for:
- Hill Walking. Our local mountains Morven, Scaraben and Maiden Pap are easily accessed from here. 'http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/sutherland http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/sutherland/caithness.shtml
- Cliff and Sea-stack climbing (as long as you know what you're doing). There are challenging local climbs at Berridale, Ramscraigs, Latheronwheel and Mid Clyth.
- Surfing. Some of the best surf in the country is in Caithness. Competitions throughout the year, and opportunities to learn. www.tempestsurf.co.uk
- Bird Watching and Wildlife. Forsinard RSPB reserve has accompanied walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Curlews nest next door, and larks can often be heard. Puffins nest on the local cliffs, as do countless other seabirds. Sea otters live nearby, and whales, dolphins, and seals have been seen from the beach. Up the Dunbeath Strath you may be lucky enough to see roe deer, and red deer further up into the hills. There is a Wild Encounters week organised by the Ranger Service. More information from www.highlandwildencounters.com
- Photography - fantastic cliff scenery, fascinating harbours and beautiful sunsets
- Botany - very rare Oysterplant grows abundantly on the beach
- Archaeology. Caithness has a wealth of archaeology - the Dunbeath Broch, Grey Cairns of Camster, Achavanich stone circle, Hill o' many stanes, and Yarrows trail to mention just a few. Digs most summers. more information from www.caithnessarchaeology.org.uk
- Fishing. Excellent river and loch fishing for wild brown trout available.
- And if all that seems a bit much, it's a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful location and the views over Dunbeath Bay.