Once a busy herring port, Wick is one of northern Scotland's largest towns. Several main roads converge here, so you're likely to come across it sooner or later if you're exploring the region. This is an ideal destination for a rainy day, with plenty of indoor attractions. Whisky lovers will be drawn to Scotland's northernmost (mainland) distillery, an easy walk south from the town centre. If history's your thing (and even if it isn't), don't miss the deceptively large museum, tucked down a slightly unlikely side street towards the town's harbour. Speaking of unlikely streets, Wick is home to the world's shortest street: Ebenezer Place has been officially measured at just 2.06 metres long! There are also two under-appreciated local castles nearby, one walkable from the centre.
|[Warehouse at Pulteney Distillery]|
Name: Wick ★★★☆☆
Location: G.R.: ND 363509 / spared shopping resonates
|[View from the Castle of Old Wick]|
Within walking distance
Name: Pulteney Distillery ★★★☆☆
Description: Traditional distillery with an intimate interior, close to the sea which apparently influences the whisky's character.
Location: Huddart Street; 15-min walk south-east from the centre, G.R.: ND 367501 / loom body inherits
Open (2017): Monday to Saturday, May to September; weekdays, October to April
Cost (2017): £8+ depending on tour type
Anything else? Book tours in advance - numbers are limited.
Name: Wick Heritage Museum ★★★★☆
Description: Maze of a museum about the town and its fishing heritage, also incorporating a small art gallery.
Location: Bank Row; 10-min walk south-east from the centre, G.R.: ND 366506 / clutter vibes decimals
Open (2017): Monday to Saturday, Easter to October
Cost (2017): £4 (adults), 50p (children)
>> see separate post for Castle of Old Wick ★★★☆☆ (1 mile away)
>> see separate post for Castle Sinclair Girnigoe ★★★☆☆ (3 miles away)
|[Each distillery's stills are unique, but Pulteney's are particularly unusual]|