Nosshead (Highlands) Reviews
Newest Review: ... The lighthouse itself is still fully operational, but it is all done remotely, with the wonders of modern technology. However, to the west, along the wild clifftops, you will see some imposing ruins at the cliff edge. A clear, marked path leads to these adjacent castles of Sinclair and Girnigoe. Girnigoe dates from around 1475. It was built by William Sinclair, the Second Earl of Caithness, and was the seat of government for Caithness for two hundred years. It is situated on a promontory on the coast north east of Wick. The accommodation became insufficient, and in 1606, a new wing was constructed, which became known as Castle Sincla... more
Customer Nosshead (Highlands) Reviews (2)
by - written on 28/11/01, updated on 28/11/01 (Very useful, 95 readings)
What do the adjacent castles of Sinclair and Girnigoe, on the outskirts of Wick, Caithness, have in common with The Valley of the Kings and the Great Wall of China? Well, they’re all on the World Monuments Fund’s Watch List for 2002. And these ancestral seats of the Earls of Caithness are one of only two designated sites in Scotland, and rank with Catherine the Great’s Chinese palace in Russia, the old city of Damascus in Syria, and famous historic places in India, Guatemala, Albania, Japan, and more. Exclusive company indeed for these sagging ruins. Travel northwards from the harbour area of Wick, taking the unclassified ... Read the complete review
by - written on 14/11/00, updated on 15/02/02 (Very useful, 53 readings)
Do not go to this place! I have found heaven, in Scotland, and I want this bit of it all for myself. We spent a week in a beautiful cottage at Noss Head and it is the most idyllic place that I have ever found in this country, for me it was just so difficult to return home after this week, that I know that soon I shall be returning there. Noss Head is a remote peninsula three miles north of Wick (about 20 miles south of John O’Groats) in the beautiful county of Caithness and has very little there except an enormous amount of beautiful natural surroundings and an awful lot of history. At the end of the peninsula there is the Noss Head ... Read the complete review
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