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Thurso Castle

The actual gothic castle was demolished in 1952 - what can be seen from the rivers edge is a wall and north tower that looks mediaeval, bit is not

There have been a number of fortifications on the site which would presumably have protected the river which would afford safe harbour for vessels.

The present castle if just external walls and a rather impressive tower (alsmost ruinous). In the Victorian era, a gothic castle was constructed but this was later demolished. 

During WW2 a sea mine exploded near the harbour and the castle became structurally unsafe although it is not known if these events are connected.

Opening Times

Viewable but not visitable

Visitor Attractions

  • Strathy Beach

    Another lovely beach between Thurso and Tongue. Popular with surfer crowd. Pure sands and accessible with short walk.

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