Your Complete Guide to Thurso

Thurso is the most northerly town in mainland Scotland and is part of the North Coast 500 route. This town is an excellent base for those that want to explore Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.

Planning a trip to this dreamy holiday destination? Read My Voyage Scotland’s complete guide to Thurso.

Things to do in Thurso

This may be a small town, but there is lots to see and do during your visit to Thurso. Spend the day getting to know the town first, take a picnic to its glorious bay and browse around the many traditional shops in this area. 

If you are looking for things to do in Thurso, we have collated a list of the most popular activities here and places to see in and around the town below.

North Coast 500

The beautiful town of Thurso lies on the epic 500-mile Scottish driving route. North Coast 500 is renowned for being on of the most scenic drives in Scotland. This is a popular road trip for tourists that want to see the best bits of the North Highlands. 

This world-famous adventure is loved by camper van owners, bikers and cyclists and no matter what method of transport you choose, you will be amazed by the views you come across on your travels. 

John o’Groats

If you are travelling to this part of Scotland then you must go to John o’Groats. 

Once you have a got your obligatory picture with the John o’Groats sign, take a tour around this amazing part of Scotland. Explore the challenging cliffs around Dunnet Head and take in the beautiful scenery that is unique to this part of the world. 

Northern Lights

Many travel to Thurso to try and catch a glimpse of the enchanting Northern Lights. VisitScotland says that “even when there are low geomagnetic readings, this spectacle can often be seen from Caithness, dancing in clear skies over Orkney”. 

There have been several signings of the Aurora Borealis from Thurso, however, you have to be in the right place at the right time to see this natural wonder. 

Surfing and water sports

When the sun is shining, surfers from all over Scotland will travel to Thurso to enjoy the sport. Thurso hosts many major surfing events and championships, including two World Championships for Kayak surfing. 

Surfing is not your only option, there are plenty of waterspouts providers in the town that can help you to explore the plentiful reefs of Thurso.

Thurso Golf Club 

Thurso’s golf club was founded in 1893. This unique club is proud of being the most Northerly Golf course on the mainland of the United Kingdom.

Its tree-lined parkland course attracts visitors from all over the world as it welcome golfers of all abilities on to its grounds. 

From parts of this course, you will get once in a lifetime views of the Scottish islands and Thurso’s surrounding countryside and hills.

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