Things to do

What do you want from a holiday?

If you love Scotland’s wildlife and landscapes you can go on wildlife tours on land or by boat and maybe see dolphins or orca, or visit the bird centre at Forsinard, or just go outside the cottage to see our wonderful sea-birds. There are also farms you can visit for a family day out.

Like visiting stately homes? Go to Dunrobin Castle or visit the Queen Mother’s home at the Castle of Mey. If you prefer ruined castles, explore Castle Sinclair Girnigoe on foot from the cottage or glimpse Keiss Castle across Sinclair Bay. If you like even more ancient sites, go to the Hill o’ Many Stanes and Camster Cairns and be sure to visit our brochs and find out more at the Broch Centre.

If you want to know how people used to live – maybe your family came from here – visit Whaligoe steps and the heritage centres at Castletown, Thurso and Wick. The Dunbeath Heritage Centre houses the Sinclair Clan library which used to be here at Noss Head.

Food and drink? For Whisky, visit Old Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Wolfburn Distillery in Thurso, or drop into Clynelish or Glenmorangie in Sutherland on your way past.  Gin lovers should be sure to visit Rock Rose gin in Dunnet Bay. Caithness has treats for foodies too with Caithness Chocolate,  Caithness Summer Fruits (there’ll be a pot of their jam in the cottage for you when you arrive), and fine dining at Ackergill Tower and MacKays in Wick.

Caithness has lots of community events including the Halkirk Highland GamesThurso Gala and Caithness County Show. There are also art exhibitions throughout the year.  Find out what’s on when you plan to visit.

For up to date information about what to see and do in Caithness – visit these sites:

Noss Head

Noss Head lighthouse was built almost 170 years ago in 1849 under the supervision of Alan Stevenson (uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson).

Plans for Noss Head Lighthouse, courtyard and original houses
Plans for Noss Head Lighthouse, courtyard and original houses

It was automated in 1987 and the rotating light was replaced by LEDs in 2018. Each lighthouse has a different sequence of lights and the light at Noss Head shines every 20 seconds across the North Sea and Sinclair Bay.

Noss Head Lighthouse Tower
Noss Head Lighthouse Tower

The Noss Head peninsula is also home to the ruined Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, built by the clan who built the Roslyn chapel; it rises straight up from the cliffs and is surrounded on three sides by water.

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe on Noss Head
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe on Noss Head

A hidden sandy beach called Sandigoe is tucked between the lighthouse and the castle.

Buttercups and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe on Noss Head
Buttercups and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe on Noss Head

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