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Wick

Wick is Situated on Wick Bay, where the Wick Water flows into the sea, the once important herring fishing port and ancient Royal Burgh of Wick has a harbour which was designed by Telford. It was later improved by Thomas Stevenson, but is accessible to large boats at high water only. The suburb of Pulteneytown was founded by the British Fishery Society early in the 19th century.

In the Parish Church is the old Sinclair Aisle, in which the Earls of Caithness are buried. The quaint Town Hall is surmounted by a cupola. There is much fine cliff and rock
scenery, both to the north and to the south of the town.
3 miles North East. is Noss Head, with its lighthouse, overlooking the sandy Sinclair’s Bay, on the shores of which stand, in close proximity, the ruined Castles of Sinclair and Girnigoe, both demolished during Clan battles in the 17th century. The latter had a complicated system of moats, portcullis and guardrooms. South East is the Castle of Old Wick or castle Oliphant, dating from the 14th cent., and known to mariners as the “Old Man of Wick.” Nearby are curious rock stacks called the “ Brig o’ Tram “ and the “Brough.”



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