Lybster, Caithness

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Sun, 2009-11-22

Shed sized holes connected with doorway sized fissures in a crazy random pattern below a canopy of kelp.

Practice your navigation skills or get lost in the maze. Pop above the canopy for a direct route home.

Lybster lies on the spectacular road north along the coast of Sutherland and Caithness to Wick, alongside green-topped cliffs and churning bays. A village very closely connected to the fishing industry. Once over 100 boats sailed in and out of the harbour.

Lybster was the third largest herring port in Scotland after Wick and Fraserburgh. Hard to believe today, perhaps, but there is still a lot of evidence of fishing in terms of the boats moored in the harbour and the lobster pots and other fishing gear piled around it. A really superb working harbour in a stunning setting between flanking grassy headlands. The new Water Lines heritage centre on the harbour tells the story of the village.

Alongside the harbour at Lybster is one of the area’s major attractions: the nicely restored buildings housing Waterlines, an exhibition centre complete with displays about the area’s history, flora, fauna and geology. As you’d expect given its location Waterlines gives particular focus to Lybster’s past as a herring port.

Come to the Visitor centre at Lybster Harbour & discover the amazing history of this picturesque port. Watch birds nesting on the Caithness cliffs by live remote CCTV. Enjoy a range of interactive displays, dynamic graphics & powerfully realistic sculptures. Coffee shop, facilities for yachtsmen, boat building workshop. Wheelchair access. Parking.

Check also – How to find Whaligoe Steps?


Lybster Harbour Visitor Centre Mr Gunn

Tel: +44 (1593) 721520

Fax: +44 (1593) 721325
Fig: Lybster Lighthouse

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