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Wick

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Castles · History Museums · Beaches
Stretching along both sides of the bay and divided by the eponymous river, Wick remains a good base for exploring the rugged northern coast of the Scottish mainland. A former Viking settlement, Wick flourished over the centuries to become at first a royal burgh in the 16th century and Europe's busiest herring port in the 19th century. Head to the harbor and visit the heritage center to learn the story of Wick and its bygone fishing days. For spectacular see views and wildlife encounters, take a cliff-top walk on the narrow promontory south of Wick Bay that holds the remains of a 12th-century castle. North from the town you'll find more dramatic castle ruins of a later date. The north bank of the river is dotted with good eateries. On a carefully planned Wick trip, you can enjoy the diversity of culture and nature both. When using our United Kingdom trip itinerary planner, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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Wick boasts a good mix of traditional hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts that cater to almost every traveler's needs. Many visitors choose to stay in the area close to the harbor, which puts them within walking distance of the town's major attractions. Travelers looking for spectacular sea views can check in at one of the guesthouses on the north side of the bay. If you want to reconnect with nature, there's a riverside camping site, which is also a good option for budget travelers.
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