Scrabster, Scotland, United Kingdom

The natural harbor of Thurso Bay on Scotland’s northern coast is an important port for the fishing and offshore oil industries. But for visitors it is the gateway to the spectacular and unspoiled Northern Scottish Highlands, home to rugged mountains, clan castles and deep, clear lochs. Thurso, within walking distance of Scrabster, is the northernmost community on the mainland of Britain. The imposing 1862 Holborn Lighthouse dominates the skyline, and Dunnet Head, Britain’s northernmost point points the way to the Pentland Firth and the Orkneys. In Scabster town, the turreted Scrabster House, dating from 1834, stands out. Learn more at the Wick Heritage Museum, or venture to the nearby, 16th century Castle of Mey, former home of the Queen Mother, or the fabled Dunrobin Castle. A tour and whisky tasting at the Pulteney Distillery may also be arranged.