The local area is a haven for wildlife. Puffins, arctic skuas, merlin and many other bird species can be seen locally and otters, seals, dolphins and whales have all been spotted around the coast. Keiss beach is popular for a number of water-sports and the nearby 18-hole traditional links golf course is open to all. John O’ Groats is just 15 minutes drive away. A superb boat trip runs from here to encounter the sealife close to hand and to explore this fascinating coastline from a different perspective. Historical sites and places of interest abound. The fairy-tale Castle of Mey, beautifully restored by the late Queen Mother is a must. This most northerly castle in the British Isles has a fascinating history and the gardens are simply stunning. Take a day trip to the Orkney Isles and explore Neolithic villages, standing stones, Scapa Flow and the amazing Italian chapel built by prisoners during the Second World War.
The town of Wick, just 10 miles away is also steeped in history. Once an ancient Viking settlement, the town plan is medieval in origin. Today it offers a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. There is also an airport here which connects to many of the main hubs in the south.