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Hotels in Wick
Set in an ancient Viking settlement on the north coast of Scotland, Wick hotels offer access to historical castles, tiny fishing villages and breathtaking cliff-top paths.
The name Wick comes from the Norse word, Vik, meaning bay and also linked to the word Viking. One of the most impressive historical buildings in the area is the Castle of Old Wick, dramatically set on the cliff top. The castle was built in the 12th century at the time when the Norwegian earldom of Orkney included Caithness. The castle is thought to have been the British stronghold for Harald Maddadsson. What survives to this day is a single tower, which makes for a romantic backdrop for walks along the coast.
The best place to learn about the history of Wick is the Wick Heritage Centre, an engaging museum that features a number of fascinating historical artefacts and reconstructions, including a restored fisherman's house and a fish kiln.
Walking three miles to the north of Wick will take you to the ruins of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, dating from around the 15th century. The castle is thought to be one of the earliest seats of Clan Sinclair. Following a dispute over the title of Earl of Caithness, George Sinclair of Keiss besieged the castle in 1690, during which the castle was destroyed.
No trip to Scotland is complete without sampling some authentic Scotch whisky. In Wick is the most northerly distillery on the mainland, the Pulteney Distillery. The distillery has been making Single Malt Scotch Whisky since the 1826. There is an informative tour, which explains the traditional methods used to make the whisky. The tour also includes a complimentary dram and the gift shop has a range of souvenirs and bottles to take away. You can also try some locally made whisky in one of Wick's friendly traditional pubs.
The northern landscape of Scotland is famed for its variety of birdlife, and bird spotters will want to take the ferry from Wick to the Orkney Islands where you'll Brodgar Nature Reserve and a collection of different RSPB sites.
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