A town like no other. Don't miss the Heritage Museum.
Not a place for everyone's taste
ON ISLAND TIME, YET STILL ON THE MAINLAND. RELAX.
Ebenezer Place is OFFICIALLY recorded by the Guinness Book of Records as being the world's shortest street in the world at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in). It actually serves as the front door, and not much else, for the ‘No. 1 Bistro’, part of Mackay's Hotel. The street was created in 1883 when the owner of the original hotel was required to paint the name on...more
From the car park above Nybster harbour, there is a footpath to the broch. This is an ongoing project and archeological digs take place regularly where local communities become involved and in fact, whilst we were there, one was about to take place.These iron age buildings are unique to Scotland and are found all over but Nybster is the most...more
This is a very scenic place with fantastic cliff formations and flat rocks in the sea, almost looking man made.There is a car park above the cove with steps down to the sea and old jetty. One side of the jetty is much more sheltered than the other and when the tide is right, forms a natural swimming pool. In fact, we watched a man come down, strip...more
Yet another of those harbours!! This one is situated at the northern end of huge Sinclair Bay, north of Wick. It is still used today by a number of fishing boats, mainly creel fishing for crabs and lobsters.The large, redeveloped Harbour House, originally the fishing station, is now a modern five bedroomed house to let. it is certainlt prominently...more
The big attraction at Noss Head is Castle Sinclair Girnigoe but that is not all!! We decided to go for a walk in the opposite direction from the castle, towards the coast south of the lighthouse. We followed a footpath which actually goes all the way to Staxigoe but once on the cliffs, we just followed our instincts and opted to walk northwards....more
Now this castle is a must - it is northern Scotland's most spectacular ruin and not to be missed.Spectacularly sited on a promontory with geo's (deep inlets)either side and jutting out into Sinclair Bay, it is about a ten minute walk to the cliff top from the car park.The castle is subject to a preservation order by it's owners, the Clan Sinclair...more
The castle is about a five minute walk from the parking.Unfortunately our walk to Castle of Old Wick was marred by continual rain, not making photography an easy task.Another of north eastern Scotlands fantastically sited castles, though in all honesty, there isn't a lot left of this one. it's more the dramatic location that is of appeal.The four...more
A tiny harbour at the end of the road at Ackergill. There are substantial remains of a large launching ramp and a most impressive ice house. There is a pretty little sandy beach in this harbour with beautifully clear water.Ackergill is just another of those intriguing, historical little harbours that are used today for pleasure more than...more
A very pretty and interesting old harbour just to the north of Wick.We visited here after our stay at Noss Head and found it very interesting, with placards informing of the good old days here.The name Staxigoe originates from the Norse words, GJA and GOE meaning inlet and stack and this is indeed what Staxigoe is, an inlet with it;s own stack.The...more
There's a new service in Wick called "The Caithness Experience." You or your small group can be taken around in a minivan to Viking, Norman, and Scot sites that are off the highway, generally within a 40 mile radius of Wick. You'll have a knowledgeable local guide who will walk from the parking area to the sites with you. Wildlife and history will...more
The old pilot station is one of Wick's better known landmarks. Indeed, it was one of my first impressions of Wick as FlyBe had it on their inflight magazine destination guide. It was built in 1908 when the harbour and the fishing industries played a larger role. Its view over the harbour and the town itself also attracted young couples – Edwardian...more
Although the Blitz attacks on London are better known, the first English town to be attacked by German bomber aircraft was Wick. On July 1st 1940, three aircraft approached the coast of Caithness with the airport as its main target. They dropped bombs over Pulteneytown. 15 people were killed in Bank Row, including 8 children. Three months later, a...more
While many buildings have been restored and some of them have new functions, many buildings in Pulteneytown are in urgent need of being restored or just left into decay. Two examples are the Barrogill Hall and the Old Cannery.The Barrogill Hall was once built by the Wick Free Church (Bridge Street) in 1893. Its name was to be Wick Free Church Hall,...more
In the mid-19th century, Pulteneytown was built as a settlement for workers in the Fishing industry during the peak of the industrial revolution. It was designed by Thomas Telford according to the needs of a major fishing town and named after Sir William Pulteney, governor of the British Fisheries Society. The sad side was that is is an indirect...more
Although I wouldn’t have recongnized it as a street of its own and just as part of a roundabout instead, Ebenezer Place is recognized as the world’s shortest street. The name Ebenezer Place was already in use in the 19th century when Mackay’s Hotel was opened. The building which is now 1, Ebenezer Place was finished in 1883, but the door (which was...more
This is Wick’s largest pub and a popular place for the young crowds in wick to hang out. The atmosphere is friendly and lively, just the right thing to for the end of the day. Perhaps the only drawback is the fact that it is a Wetherspoon pub. I like Wetherspoon food, but I can have that everywhere. Still, it is probably the best place in Wick to enjoy a pint.
The Pub was named after Alexander Bain, the inventor of the electric clock, who was born in the outskirts of Wick and did his apprenticeship as clockmaker in a neighbouring building. Later, he laid the base for electronic transmission of data and invented a machine which could be named the predecessor of a fax. The pub is located directly at the tiny market place and was once the building of the main post office.
Wick is not the centre of the world - and its connections with the rest of Britain prove that quite well. Wick sees only limited bus and coach service and also train services aren't the best either. If you rely on public transport, it is the most obvious choice anyway, especially if coming from Invernness or Thurso. There are four trains daily...more
If you would like to save time on your way to Wick instead of taking the train via Inverness, you may consider flying into Wick. The town has a small airport which links it with Edinburgh, Newcastle and Aberdeen. Especially the flights to Edinburgh, which are operated by FlyBe, can be a bargain when you book in advance.There is no public transport...more
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There are a couple of small details around the train station in Wick. They are nothing to travel miles for, but can be interesting to some curious person waiting for a train or bus. Interestingly, all are from around 1900.Let's begin with the station building itself that looks pretty simple, but shows the one or other neogothic detail. Note also...more
At Wick Harbour, there were two small things which I just wanted to mention. At Harbour Terrace, you will find a house where Robert Louis Stevenson (the author of Treasure Island) lived for a short time in autumn of 1868. The house is not well preserved, but at least no derelict as many other comparable buildings in this part of Wick.Just around...more
Favorite thing: Wick is a provincial town and its heydays are long gone. That means that tourist attractions are not readily available as in places like Edinburgh or London. Wick rather serves as a gateway for Caithness (including John O’Groats). But that does not mean that there are no tourist attractions at all – just that you have to look hard for them or develop a certain taste. Most of Wick’s historic sights are located in Pulteneytown and a handful of them is located in the outskirts of Wick. If you haven’t found enough to do on my Wick page, get insider information from your hosts or just visit the tourist information. It is located at High street, close to the junction with Bridge Street. If you can just find a sports shop, then you’re right. The tourist information office shares the rooms with this shop and is located in the first floor.