Mini guide to Wick
Wick is located on the east coast of northern Scotland and is heavily influenced
by 1,000 years of Viking culture and its 19th century fishing industry. Today,
the harbour remains an active focal point of town life, while the town centre
exhibits considerable character and atmosphere, with its old buildings and heritage
Wick's harbour is full of colourful fishing boats and plenty of activity. Strolling
along the harbourside will reveal a number of interesting buildings of distinct
architectural design, while the High street offers numerous shops and other
facilities. The town centre is also home to delightful buildings of Victorian
origin, such as the Town Hall.
Wick Heritage Museum documents the town's fishing industry and the turbulent
times of the 19th century when Wick was home to 45 pubs, a distillery and a
brewery. Nearby Dunbeath Heritage Centre provides a fascinating insight into
the lives of early settlers, the fishing industry and the almost forgotten life
of local crofting communities.
The town is home to a number of good restaurants located in anything from traditional
pubs to upmarket hotels. Pubs provide the bulk of the nightlife and include
the Pulteney Distillery, located in Pulteneytown. Most facilities and shops
are located along the High street.
Wick, along with Thurso, are the two main towns of Caithness, an area of vast
expanses and wild natural beauty. Throughout the area you can explore numerous
archeological sites and dramatic castles, including the 12th century Old Wick
Castle to the south of the town. Many are now in ruins. The coastline between
Wick and Thurso is spectacular and includes John O'Groats, the Duncansby Stacks
and Dunnet Head. Northlands Viking Centre is situated north of Wick and documents
the region's Viking history.
Wick is accessible via the A9 and A99 from the south and the A9 and A882 from
Thurso. Train services in the far north are limited, but public demands for
increased services are gaining momentum. A rail service currently runs from
Inverness through to Wick and Thurso. Bus services link Wick with all major
towns and cities throughout Scotland. Wick Airport services charter flights
and regular connections to Edinburgh.
Selection of hotels in this region:
The Norseman Hotel
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