A historic county located in extreme northern Scotland, facing the Atlantic Ocean and the Pentland Firth on the north and the North Sea on the east.

It is the northernmost point of mainland Scotland and is marked by the iconic white sign at John O’Groats (which is an Instagram must for friends and family!)

The region is known for its open and ancient landscape, littered with historic monuments, standing stones, and burial cairns.

Caithness comprises an area of almost 618 square miles and is about forty-three miles in length and thirty miles in breadth.

The region contains Dunnet Head, the northernmost point in Great Britain, which juts into the Atlantic east of Thurso (this is further North than that famous sign!).

A beautiful area of the Scottish Highlands filled with rich history, stunning views, rolling farmland, and the untamed wilderness of the Highlands.

Do not miss out on the Duncansby Stacks while you’re here.

Caithness By Air

Guides to Caithness

Here are our guides to help you experience the NC500 and Caithness to the maximum during your adventures.

Accommodation in Caithness

Looking for somewhere to stay while passing through Caithness on your NC500 experience?