About Caithness

Caithness is the most northerly county on the British mainland – often referred to as the “Far North of Scotland”. Caithness has been made famous by John O’Groats – and perhaps infamous by the Dounreay nuclear power station.

Whilst Caithness does not boast the brooding and atmospheric mountainous landscape of the West Highlands, it does possess several assets that go together to make it a particularly photogenic county.

It has one of the most dramatic coastlines anywhere in the UK. During summer these dramatic cliffs serve as home to masses of breeding seabird colonies made up of large populations of fulmars, shags, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and the attractive little puffin. The Caithness coastline consists of long stretches of high and jagged cliffs, inlets (geos) that provide shelter to seal pups.

Caithness, along with Sutherland, is internationally renowned for the vast areas of blanket bog it contains. These large flat areas have developed in an almost undisturbed way for around 4000 years. These areas of bog go together to make up approximately 4% of the World’s total resource of maritime, treeless blanket bogs.

The Scottish primrose is a very rare flower which is only found along the north coast of Scotland and the Orkney isles. It is a small and very pretty plant often found growing in short grass.