|[St Peter's & St Andrew's Church]|
Thurso is the northernmost town on the Scottish mainland, and a relative metropolis for these parts. Set astride the mouth of the River Thurso, the settlement grew up as an important trading and fishing port. Most sea traffic now goes to nearby Scrabster, but the Dounreay nuclear power station (currently being decommissioned) is a more recent source of local employment and the town still seems to be thriving, no doubt boosted by the North Coast 500 driving route which passes through. Thurso's excellent (though no longer free) museum has exhibitions about Dounreay and other aspects of Caithness life housed in the former Town Hall, while Thurso Castle stands just down the coast to the east. There are several places to eat - we were impressed with the Y-Not Bar & Grill.
Name: Thurso ★★☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: ND 116683 ///neatly.identify.twists
Within walking distance
Name: Caithness Horizons Museum ★★★★☆
Description: Excellent, modern museum covering all aspects of Caithness life.
Location: 5-min walk north-east from the centre, G.R.: ND 118685 ///suspect.photocopy.rooms
Open (2017): Daily, April to September; Tuesday to Saturday, October to March
Cost (2017): £4 (adults), £2 (children)
Name: Thurso Castle ★★☆☆☆
Description: Ruined 19th century castle overlooking Thurso Bay.
Location: 20-min walk east from the centre, G.R.: ND 125689 ///soak.cracking.differ
Open: Always (exterior only)
Anything else? Closer parking at the end of Sir Archibald Road, a 5-min walk from the castle along the coast.
|[Thurso from the path to Thurso Castle]|