Wick & The North Highlands
Wick is a lively and thriving community set on the North East coast of Scotland. It has been termed ‘The Lowlands beyond the Highlands’ and is, in fact, similar to any small market town anywhere in rural Britain. The town itself is close to beautiful coastline and long beaches with literally miles of sand, all easily accessible. To the west the land stretches as far as the eye can see with stunning vistas of heather moors, forests, streams and lush green fields.
During the time of the herring fishing Wick was the ‘Capital’ of the Highlands and so access has always been maintained. Dounreay near Thurso and the oil industry ensure that the airport continues to be viable. Edinburgh is less than an hour away by aeroplane, Inverness can be reached by road in two hours and regular trains run seven days a week. Inverness Airport also operates scheduled flights to London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh and chartered flights to some European destinations.
Wick and the North Highlands has abundant opportunities for outdoor pursuits. There are numerous excellent golf courses, beautiful beaches and forests. Both sea and loch fishing are accessible as are surfing, water skiing, sailing and windsurfing. The area has one of the best ranges of surf in the world and hosts world championship competitions.
If you prefer indoor sports there are squash courts, swimming pools, a plethora of exercise classes and various different clubs.
There are numerous excellent eating places in the area that serve local produce and freshly caught seafood.
Caithness is notable for its active musical life and Wick even boasts the most northerly opera house on the mainland.
The Wick Players are well known nationally and have won prestigious awards for several years running. The Lyth Art Centre and the Mill Theatre in Thurso attract a number of companies on tour to provide music and theatre.
The Wick Heritage Centre is an award winning museum which houses over 100 years of local history. Caithness Horizons in Thurso houses a permanent Caithness exhibition as well as a variety of temporary exhibitions.
Education in Wick is catered for with a brand new six year comprehensive secondary school with two brand new feeder primaries situated within the town. The professionally run nurseries and several voluntary playgroups are also highly regarded. The University of the Highlands and Islands has a Campus in nearby Thurso providing opportunities for higher and further education.