Thurso has beautiful countryside with walks and wildlife; there is a fine harbour and beach with panoramic views over the firth to the Orkney Island, Hoy and the famous ‘Old Man of Hoy’ (a stack of rock protruding from the main island). Go down the steps from the main bridge in Thurso and you will find a river walk complete with activities! In addition to nature trails, forest walks, and long beach stretches there are bars, climbing frames, etc., are stationed all along the walk. You can enjoy rugged coastal walks and just minutes later find yourself in the picturesque town of Thurso, sampling some of the superb cuisine, or chatting to the friendly locals.
Caithness Field Club operates so many interesting walking and outing progamme – such as walking Festival, Walk for Archaeology, Westerdale Walk, Circular Walk At Olrig, walk to the old castle at Langwell, walk with Ken along the Thurso River leaving Wick train station, walk in the Caen Burn Valley, Archaeology week walk. Contact – Caithness Field Club for your next trip.
Also keep on eye at CAITHNESS & SUTHERLAND WALKING FESTIVAL which is organized and supported by Dunnet Head Educational Trust and Caledonian Iberian ConeXions UK Ltd. Caithness and Sutherland cater for all kinds of walker. From the highest peak of Morven (2315ft), to three miles of golden beach at Dunnet, and forest walks in Rumster Forest, there is something for everyone. All walks during the festival are guided by local experts with detailed local knowledge, so you are in safe hands!
The Thurso River starts at Thurso and cuts down through the Caithness countryside. This is an excellent salmon river and there are several beats where you can arrange to fish. You will also find the boating pond and other activities at the side of the river. Attractions include St Peter’s Church with ruins dating back to the 13th century; the Heritage Museum containing the Pictish Ulbster Stone, the Boating pond, crazy golf, outdoor trampolines during the summer and River Walk.
There is a cinema, ten-pin bowling, skate-park, wind-surfing, museum, swimming pool, boating lake, Thurso River fishing, shooting, golf, trampolines, quad biking, sailing, horse riding, cycling, skateboarding and a wide variety of pubs and restaurants offering good food plus numerous activities for children and the active traveller. At nearby Scrabster a car-ferry operates to Orkney and further west is the Dounreay nuclear power station has a visitor centre which is 20 miles. Wick has museums and a distillery. There is also wildlife cruises and white water rides from John O’Groats and the areas has plenty of cliff walks for birdwatching.
You can download self guided walks in Caithness by joining Walking World – go to the advanced search and all the walks available in Caithness will be found.
The Tourist Information Centre is handily situated by the river as you come into Thurso from the east. There’s a car park adjacent to it. Tempest Surf Shop in Thurso hire out all the equipment you’d need as well as stocking surfing gear. They also have a cafe serving local food where you can find out more about local surfing. Tempest Surf, Thurso Harbour, Caithness, KW14 8DE. Tel: 01847 892500. Email: i…@tempestsurf.co.uk
Know the code before you go
Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland water providing they act responsibly. Your access rights and responsibilities are explained fully in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Thurso Visitor Information Centre
Riverside Thurso, Caithness KW14 8BU Scotland
Tel: +44 (8452) 255121
Fax: +44 (1506) 832222