things to see and do

Things to see and do

It doesn’t matter if you are here for business or leisure you should take time out to visit some of the wonderful and exciting attractions Caithness has to offer.

The sea drift centre is a visitor centre located just before you enter Dunnet and the Dunnet Beach Car park. the visitor centre is also used as a base for the Countryside Rangers.

Click here to download their leaflet.



Stretching over 2 miles in an arc our white sandy beach is back by rolling sand dunes. The beach and sea offer great opportunities to bathe, paddle, surf or even fish for sea bass, dog fish and flatties. You can also see a range of birds including oystercatchers,ducks, ringed plover.

Take a walk into Dunnet Forest which covers over 100 hectares, follow the sculpture trail . If you are lucky you will see all sorts of animals such as roe deer. there is over 2km of footpaths for you discover the wonders of the forest.

More information about Dunnet Forest can be found here.

Just a short walk up the road from us you can visit the Dunnet Bay Distillery. Here they make the award winning Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka.

Visit thier website for more information

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Just a 2 minute walk will take you to the Northern sands Hotel where you can get a meal and have a drink.

3 miles back to Castletown you can eat and drink at the Castletown Hotel or if you prefer a takeaway there is the Castletown Fish and Chip Shop.

5 Miles in the village of Mey there is the Castle Arms hotel that also serves food and drink.

8 Miles to Thurso there is a range of restaurants and bars.

In Thurso you can visit

  • Caithness Horizons Museum
  • Old St Peters Kirk
  • Tour Wolfburn Whisky Distillery
  • Swanson Gallery which hosts artwork at Thurso Library

Approximately 13 miles to the East is John O’ Groats Where you can visit the various shops, book a ferry to Orkney, have a walk along the coast to the Stacks of Duncansby it is about 3 km from John O’ Groats.