Castle of Mey was the Queen Mother's residence which she bought in 1952 and restored and renovated. Here, she spent her summers and odd weekends and later, in 1996, gifted the castle to the Castle Trust, thus enabling us commoners to visit and enjoy.Rather annoyingly, the castle and gardens were closed to the public when we wanted to visit. This...more
Enroute to Dunnet Head we noticed a few cars parked on the side of the road. We wondered what the attraction was and it was only on our return from Dunnet Head we realised there was a rather attrctive bit of accessible coast here with a stack and a tiny harbour. By the time we stopped to view, the tide had receded, leaving the stack high and dry....more
Dunnet Head is the most northerly point of mainland Great Britain and is the place to go to view seabirds, including puffins, nesting on the 300feet cliffs.A B road leaves the A836 at Dunnet and winds it's way up to the large car park at Dunnet Head.The lighthouse here was built in 1831 by Robert Stevenson and today is used for educational...more
Flagstone is a common sight in Caithness and is used for many building purposes. It splits into slices (flags) and was formed over the years by the lake which covered this area drying out. The lake bed had been formed by successive layers of sediment settling and between the layers, fossils of fish were left, creating the plane along which the rock...more
This old man was very sad that day we were in Thurso. He was mourning somebody, so he didn't have his soberest day. KD wanted to shoot a photo of all of us. The discourse:- Hey, mister, could you take a photograph of us, please?- Aye, aye - said the old man and sat beside me and Zoli. KD chose to taka the picture :)more
Forss, Thurso, KW14 7XY, United Kingdom
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Melvich by Thurso, Thurso, KW14 7YJ, United Kingdom
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Mey, Thurso, KW14 8XH, United Kingdom
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Thurso Train Station is the end of the line – quite literally. It is the northernmost Rail Station in Great Britain. Located on Princes Street, this small station is they way to travel south to Inverness where you can then access the entire British rail network. The station was opened on 28 July 1874. It was actually selected for closure in the 1960s, but survives to this day so you can travel to the very top of the UK mainland.
The station itself is open Monday-Saturday 09:50-16:54. For some reason some websites show them opening 1 hour late on Saturday. I base the times on the sign on the wall inside that station. There is a side gate to get to the single platform (of course!) outside of opening hours. You can buy a ticket on the train without any problem.
During opening hours you have:
• Rail staff for any questions, tickets, assistance
• Accessible unisex toilet
• Induction loop at ticket office window (for hearing impaired passengers)
• Luggage trolleys
• Post Box
• Car park (3 spaces, 1 is handicapped) – 24 hour
• Taxi rank
• Public (pay) phone
• 3 cycle racks. (not covered)
They also have Left Luggage Lockers for £3 a day. They are accessible Monday - Saturday 10:00-16:30, closed Sundays!
Thurso station is on the Far North Line and is 154 miles (248 km) north of Inverness.
After arriving at Thurso the trains often go back to Georgemas Junction and then on to Inverness in around 3 ½ hours. The journey follows the coast line for most of your journey and is arguably the most scenic rail journey in the UK.
Address: Princes Street, Thurso, Highland, KW14 7DL
It is about a 5-7 minute walk to shops and accommodation (300m/1000ft). You may want to just walk to most places rather then asking for a taxi.
For details of onward bus services, visit www.travelinescotland.com or call +44 (0) 871 200 22 33 (24 hours).
For full details of train times and calling points (stations), please have a look at the National Rail Enquiries Website
Well being of the Sinclair Clan, I couldn't very well skip our familial castle could I? So we searched the small town of Wick, Scotland and drove down a looooooooooong dirt rode to the Noss Head Lighthouse. It was closed as we did get there rather late, but still before sundown! We then tramped thru a sheep pasture, very friendly sheep BTW, and...more
Most tourists don't get to sheep auctions. I hadn't planned to attend either, but the auction house happened to be next to the rail station; I was waiting for a train out of Thurso and I was curious about the amplified voice chanting something--not a word of which (other than the numbers) I could understand. So I walked into the large building....more