The Heritage Town of Wick on the east coast of Caithness has been a royal burgh since the 16th Century. It is steeped in history, its name comes from the Norse word Vik meaning bay. See Wick and Caithness on a promotional video on YouTube courtesy of Highlands & Islands Airports.
Wick sits on the main A99-A9 road that links John O’Groats with the south. To the north of the town is Wick John O’Groats Airport which has scheduled flights to and from Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
The town is divided by the River Wick. One the north bank is Wick, which retains many of its Victorian era buildings, and on the south bank, Pulteney town. Collectively they are now known as Wick.
The vibrant shopping centre is located in Wick while historic Pulteney was the heart of the once booming fishing industry. Wick offers a diverse selection of traditional shops as well as high street chains, cafés, restaurants, hotels and a caravan site.
Located at the harbour is Wick Marina and visitor attractions such as Wick Heritage Centre and the Old Pulteney Distillery.
Wick is a main hub for Caithness, providing administrative and community facilities including a general hospital, swimming pool, two retail parks and Highland Council’s county offices.