About the area
Britain's most northerly town, Thurso has been established since pre-Viking times. Awash with ancient history, some of which predates Egypt's Great Pyramid, there is no doubt that Thurso offers something for everybody.
Thurso provides an ideal base for the exploration of the spectacular lanscapes of Caithness, Sutherland, and the Northern Isles (Orkney and Shetland).
For the keen cyclist there are few better ways to experience our wildlife, scenery, and solitude than at your own pace on your bike. On or offroad there are routes and courses for every age and ability.
Hill walking and mountain climbing
The Caithness and Sutherland areas offer superb hillwalking opportunities with an abundance of smaller hills, Caithness' 706 metre Morven, or more challenging mountains out west including Ben Hope, Ben Loyal, and Ben Stack. Whether you're an easy going Sunday walker looking for a leisurely uphill stroll, or an experienced Munro bagger keen to tick a
For sea kayakers there are few coastlines as varied and exciting as Caithness and Sutherland. With islands, skerries, arches, caves, tunnels, and stacks at every corner, you could live a hundred lifetimes here and never get bored.
If rivers are more your thing, then there is a fantastic range of breathtaking courses for all abilities.
Thurso East offers world class surfing conditions all year round, with big waves rolling over the reef in all conditions. Further afield there are innumerable beaches both east and west which offer excellent surf if you want something a little bit different.
If birds are your thing then Caithness and Sutherland are the place to be. With a spectacular array of sea birds living in vast colonies on or off our coastlines and rare land based birds throughout the mountains and flow country areas, you will rarely find a natural habitat as welcoming and engaging as this.
Whether you're looking for puffins, osprey, or sea eagles, the far north is the place to be.
On the land
For those of you who just want to see the wonders of the Highland countrside from the pathway or roadside, deer, foxes, otters, badgers, wildcats, and much more can be seen throughout Caithness and Sutherland.
The variety of easily seen sealife around the Caithness and Sutherland coastlines is a wonder to behold. Basking sharks, whales, dolphins, porpoises, otters, seals, and even leatherback turtles can be seen in the waters here, along with a plethora of seabirds from puffins to Kittiwakes. There are a number of local companies that offer coastal tours on and off shore which offer you an excellent chance to see some of these wonders.
The night sky
If you love the stars then the clear air, 360° panoramic views, and absence of light pollution will afford you some of the best view of the night sky in the northern hemisphere. The Aurora Borealis (northern lights) is regularly seen in the skies of the far north, and is a particularly special experience on the crisp, cold nights of Autumn and Winter.
|Magic Seaweed - Thurso East surfing|
|Caithness and Sutherland walks|
|Pentland Canoe Club|
|Caithness Kayak Club|
|Caithness Sea Watching|
|RSPB - Forsinard Flows|
|Caithness Astronomy Group|
|Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries|