Travel & Local Info

Planning your Holiday in Caithness on the NC500

Driving from Inverness to Thurso takes 2.5 to three hours. 

Wick John O’Groats Airport has daily flights from Edinburgh and Aberdeen.  Europcar provide a car hire service from Wick Airport.

Inverness Airport has scheduled direct flights from London, Amsterdam, and many regional UK airports, including the Scottish Islands.  AvisHertzRhinoSixt and Focus Vehicle Rental all offer car hire at Inverness Airport.

There are railway stations at both Thurso and Wick, with regular trains serving Caithness from Inverness.  The Caledonian overnight sleeper train operates between Inverness and London Euston.

Train timetables, tickets, and offers through ScotRailNational Rail enquiries and Trainline.

Bus services Stagecoach operate a regular bus service between Inverness and Thurso.  The Durness Bus offers a Saturday service between Durness and Thurso.

There are a range of accommodation options in Caithness from hotels, B&B’s, self-catering cottages, wigwams, hostels, caravan parks and camping.   Search for accommodation on and Airbnb.  Trip Advisor can help you find somewhere to eat out while you are in Caithness.

Caithness is on the beautiful North Coast 500 route, Scotland’s answer to Route 66, so if you are travelling the NC500, make sure you stop in Caithness for a few days – there is plenty to see and do here on the extreme edge of Europe.  Make sure you include a tour with us, and have a look at the NC500 website or supplement, and the Caithness Explorer to plan your stay in Caithness.

When you have finished exploring Caithness, Orkney is just across the Pentland Firth.  There are three ferry routes from Caithness to Orkney.  Northlink Ferries operate from Scrabster to Stromness.  Pentland Ferries operate from Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope.  John O’Groats Ferries operate from John O’Groats to Burwick.


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