Wick is steeped in history, with various ancient monuments and castles nearby on this eastern coast. Wick gets its name from the Norse word vik meaning “a bay”. Traditionally in the 19th century it was a thriving fishing port.
Today the town is a much quieter harbour; fishing boats are still active, it is a quaint town with a relaxed and friendly town’s people. Wick has its own airport and railway station and most things needed can be bought in the town shopping areas. Wick is a good place within the Scottish Highlands to relax, take in the fresh air and let time stand still.
This unique estuary town itself is a place of landmarks; there are a number of significant sites that we recommend you visit if you are in the area. The Castle of Old Wick (also known as the Old Man of Wick) was built in the 12th century and is understood to have been the stronghold of Harald Maddadsson.
The town also features a heritage museum in Bank Row in Pulteneytown. It is run by a local society and charts the towns history throughout the ages. The Guinness Book of Records confirms that the world's shortest street is in Wick, Ebenezer Place measures 2 yards and 9 inches and contains just one front door.