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Thurso & Whisky
Thurso has no Distilleries at present, but construction is nearing completion at what will be the mainland's most northerly distillery - Wolfburn. The distillery site is close to a previous distillery of the same name which operated between 1821 and 1850. Nearest established distillery: Old Pulteney (21 miles). Whisky Shop - JA Mackay.
Thurso is the most Northerly town in mainland Britain, and is said by some to be named after the Norse god Thor, though it is more often attributed to the Norse for Bull's River - in any event the name is of Norse origin - Caithness was ruled by the Norse until 1266. The neighbouring port of Scrabster is the main port for the ferry to Orkney.
Also close by is Dunnet Head - the most northerly point on the mainland.
Arriving & Departing
Open Cycle Map Bing Map Sustrans Map (search Thurso, Highland)
Thurso is on National Cycle Route 1, other local cycle routes around here are on road, but this far North even the A9 isn't too busy. Thurso (THS) is the most Northerly rail station in the UK with level access to its one terminal platform, there are 4 trains a day (only one on Sundays) to and from Inverness. Live Train Times
Ferries from Scrabster to Stromness - usually 3 a day (90 minute crossing).
Waterside GH 3 Janet Street 01847 894751
Not the greatest stay of my trip (2010), but they did provide covered parking for the bike. The 1 star reviews on trip advisor are slightly harsh, but I'd find it difficult to award more than 2.
Inchgarvie GH Olrig Street - stayed in 2001 (Google Street View picture of July 2008 shows no external signs of the property being a GH).
Also stayed in Thurso in 1998 & 2003 - locations unknown.
For other accommodation - see Undiscovered Scotland and the Caithness Business Index Hotels & Inns and Guest Houses and B&Bs pages.
No personal recommendations - Pubs Galore may help
The Bike Shop 35 High Street, KW14 8AZ 01847 895385
No website - Thurso High Street site
Caithness Cycle Repairs 07740 341 399
No shop - mobile repair service - see website for details.
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Thurso are on Flickr:
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