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Historical Sites in Caithness

Tales of a fascinating history await in Caithness, Scotland. Based at the Ulbster Arms Hotel and Lodges, you can explore castles, cairns, brochs, kirks and standing stones. This is an ancient land, with a long and rich past. Here are some of our favourite local historic sites and attractions. Please note, some of these attractions open seasonally, so check opening dates and times before visiting.

Halkirk Heritage and Vintage Motor Society

Located in our local village of Halkirk, this heritage and vintage motor centre explores our social history through artefacts, photographs and documents. The exhibition of motoring features a wonderful collection of classic cars and other vehicles.

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Castle of Mey

Visit this 16th-century castle along with its gardens, tea room, gift shop and animal centre. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, bought and restored the estate in 1952. Take a castle tour and get an insight into Her Majesty's life in Caithness.

Castle Of Mey

Caithness Broch Project

Brochs are a type of Iron Age roundhouse structure found here in Scotland, and Caithness has more than any other region. The Caithness Broch Project preserves and promotes these archaeological sites for all to enjoy. View the Adventure Map and find a broch to visit.

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Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

The ruins of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe are perched on a cliff edge near Wick. Take a walk to the castle and soak up the spectacular coastal scenery along the way. The castle was originally occupied by the Sinclairs, Earls of Caithness, from the late 14th century.

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

North Coast Visitor Centre

Set within the former Thurso Town Hall and Carnegie Library buildings, the North Coast Visitor Centre is a museum which tells the story of Caithness from the Devonian Period to the present day.


Castlehill Heritage Centre

Castlehill Heritage Centre is a visitor experience and educational centre, which hosts themed exhibitions on the history and heritage of Castletown village in Caithness.

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Caithness History Breaks

Book your stay at the Ulbster Arms Hotel and Lodges and delve deeper into the history of Caithness and the north Highlands. Book online or contact us here to make your reservation.