Thurso

Highland | Town | ★★

[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 Ynot inn.

[Thurso Castle]

Location

📌 Thurso ★★
Highland, G.R.: ND 116683 ///neatly.identify.twists

🚶 The town is small and local attractions are walkable from the centre. Scrabster is accessible by infrequent bus.
🚌 Thurso can be reached by train on the Far North Line from Inverness and Wick. There are also buses from Inverness, Wick, other nearby settlements, and from the three Orkney ferry ports at Scrabster, Gills Bay and John o' Groats.



See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Caithness Horizons Museum ★★★★
Description: Excellent, modern museum covering all aspects of Caithness life.
5-min walk northeast of the town centre, G.R.: ND 118685 ///suspect.photocopy.rooms
Currently closed - reopening date unclear at time of update in April 2020 | £4 adult / £2 child (2019)

📌 Thurso Castle ★★
Description: Ruined 19th century castle overlooking Thurso Bay.
By the coast, 20-min walk east of the town centre, G.R.: ND 125689 ///soak.cracking.differ
Always open (exterior only) | Free

Anything else? Closer parking for the castle is at the end of Sir Archibald Road, a 5-min walk from the castle along the coast.

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Walk: Holborn Head a-Hoy! ★★★★ (2 mi ↑)

[Thurso from the path to Thurso Castle]

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