Thurso

[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 (decommissioned) Dounreay nuclear power station is a more recent source of local employment and the town still seems to be thriving. Thurso's excellent 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.

[Thurso Castle]

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; Monday to Saturday, October to March
Cost: Free

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)
Cost: Free
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]

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