Wick, Caithness

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

There is a slipway into the river harbour near Carters bar. Beware of submerged rocks and broken glass, better to launch at Staxigoe for any diving in this area.

Wick was originally a Viking settlement, and holds the claim to fame of once being the busiest herring port in Europe – in the mid-19th century. The town’s story is told in the excellent Wick Heritage Centre in Bank Row, Pultneytown (Wick is actually two towns – Wick proper, and Pultneytown, immediately south across the river), which contains a fascinating array of artefacts from the old fishing days.

Crystal clear water offers the opportunity to explore wrecks, caves and reefs. A huge variety of species are available all year round, inshore, offshore, and over the numerous wrecks scattered around the coast. You’ll encounter seabirds, including puffins, and come across the beautiful Sinclair Bay beach, popular for windsurfing and sand-yachting.

Caithness Diving Club have wreck divers, photographers, cave divers, folk who just like a nice bit of scenery and others who are just after something for the pot. Experience-wise, got everyone from people who only started their training last year through to old hands who have been diving for decades.


Wick Harbour Office
Tel: 01955 602030 (24hrs)
Fax: 01955 605936
Office Hours: Mon-Fri ~ 09:00-17:00
Email: malc…@wickharbour.co.uk
Web: http://www.wickharbour.co.uk/
Tel: 0845 2255121 (Wick )
Tel: 01955-611373 (John O’Groats County Road)
Tel: 01847-892371 (Thurso Riverside)

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