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More About Scrabster

Scrabster is the most northerly large port in mainland Britain and can be found a mile and a half north east of the centre of Thurso at the east end of Thurso Bay.

Scrabster nestles in the shelter of the low grass covered cliffs of Holborn Head which sweeps round to the north and as a result actually looks east across Thurso Bay towards Dunnet Head rather than, as you might expect, north towards Orkney, for which it serves as the main ferry terminus.

Despite Scrabster's many centuries of use, the first pier here seems to have been built as recently as the 1820s by Thomas Telford, along with a road link to Thurso.

The 1900s saw a series of significant expansions to the harbour at Scrabster. A new roll on roll off terminus was build to service the Orkney ferry, and at various times there were also scheduled services calling here providing links to Iceland and the Faroe islands.

Scrabster Ferry Port
Scrabster Ferry Terminal

Scrabster Ferry Terminal is located in Scrabster on the North coast of Scotland, 1½ miles from Thurso, 22½ miles from Wick and 112 miles from Inverness.

For those who prefer a shorter sailing time of just 90 minutes the Scrabster - Stromness route is ideal. Many people wish to take advantage of the spectacular views of the Old Man of Hoy, and St John's Head, which can only be seen on this route.

Scrabster Ferry Terminal Facilities

•Ticket Sales and Enquiries
•Hot Drink Machine
•Disabled Access
•Disabled Toilet

Parking at Scrabster Ferry Terminal
The long stay car park in Scrabster is operated by Scrabster Harbour Trust who can be contacted on +44 (0) 1847 892779. The cost is £10 for 1 to 7 days. The ticket machine there takes pound coins. The long stay car park is situated 800m from the passenger terminal.

Checking in at Scrabster Ferry
Foot passengers are required to check in at the foot passenger terminal situated at the ferry berth on the new pier. Passengers arriving at the old pier should allow appropriate time to make their way to the foot passenger check-in terminal on the new pier (some 800m distance) no later than 30 minutes prior to published departure time. Car drivers are recommended to check in at least one hour prior to departure. Final check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.

What to do around in Scrabster

The top ten most popular visitor activities and things to do in Scrabster are:-

Visit a Castle - Only 12 miles from Scrabster is the Castle of Mey - the summer residence of the Queen Mother. A beautiful building, the Castle of Mey has much to offer the visitor, including a two acre garden, a tearoom and an animal centre. There are also many spectacular castle ruins in Caithness, including Castle Sinclair Girnigoe which rests precariously on crumbling cliff formations!

Go to the beach or enjoy the scenery - the road along the north coast has some fantastic beaches, tiny harbours and beautiful scenery at Melvich, Strathy, Bettyhill, Armadale, The Kyle of Tongue and Durness. Taking this road will also lead you to the most north westerly point on the British mainland, Cape Wrath.

Reach the end of the road - Though the most northerly point in mainland Britain is nearby Dunnet Head, John O' Groats is one end of the longest distance between two points on the British mainland. The other point, of course, is Land's End. Many charity cycle runs or walks begin and end here. The village takes its name from Jan de Groot, a Dutchman who obtained a grant to run a ferry between the Scottish mainland to Orkney.

Enjoy some Retail Therapy - There are many lovely shops to visit in Thurso and Wick, both a short drive from Scrabster. On the outskirts of Wick is a new Retail Park which has a Tesco, Homebase, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Pets at Home, Argos, New Look, Superdrug, and a CarpetRight.

View or do some surfing - Caithness waters are famed for big, fast and powerful waves. Thurso Bay, Dunnet Bay, Sinclairs Bay, Freswick Bay, Murkle Bay, Brims Ness, Sandside Bay, Melvich Bay, Strathy Bay, Armadale Bay, Farr Bay and Torrisdale are all recommended spots for surfers.

Do some bird watching - Caithness has a stunning natural landscape perfect for birds. A wide range of bird species are attracted to the bog filled, peaty landscapes of Caithness and also to the wild sea cliffs. RSPB reserves such as those at the cliffs of Dunnet Head and in the blanket bog and lochan country of Forsinard are particularly recommended.

Visit a museum - In the centre of Thurso is an excellent new museum, Caithness Horizons, which is definitely worth a visit. With free admission, Caithness Horizons offers a fascinating insight into the history, pioneering industrial past, wildlife and ecology of Caithness. The story of Dounreay - which shaped the recent economy and history of Caithness – is also featured.

Catch a fish - Caithness has some of the best Trout and Salmon fishing lochs and rivers in Scotland, including Loch Watten, Loch Calder, St John's Loch, Loch Heilen, Loch Toftingall, Wick River and Thurso River. Sea Anglers will enjoy fishing in the Pentland Firth which is home to haddock, wrass, ling and pollock. Harbour walls and rocks in Thurso Bay, Dunnet head, Longberry, Broadhaven, Sandigoe and Helman Head are ideal spots.

Have a game of golf - Caithness has many Golf Courses - maintained with enthusiasm by local golfers. Although some courses are quiet short, all are considered quite challenging, due to the terrain and weather. In Caithness you will experience golf courses populated with wildlife and wild plants, in a wild and natural setting, which is retained and cherished. Try Reay Golf Club, Thurso Golf Club, Wick Golf Club, Lybster Golf Club for challenging and rewarding golf for all ages and abilities.

Go hill walking - Caithness and Sutherland have a stunning landscape which offers superb choice for walkers. Walks along the coast to see dramatic cliff scenery, or inland to see castles and broches, are recommended. For hill walkers, the most northerly of the Munros, Ben Hope is found in Caithness, and on the border of Caithness and Surtherland are the famous hills, Morven and Maiden Pap. Aside from stunning views, walkers can expect to see deer, buzzards and eagles.


Scrabster also became an important fishing port, especially during the 1990s following the construction of another major expansion to the harbour and a new fish market. Since then it has been the norm for large quantities of fish to be landed here by boats of various nationalities before being quickly loaded onto refrigerated trucks which then head south to markets as far away as Spain. The most recent harbour expansion took place to accommodate the new ferry introduced by Northlink on the service to Stromness in 2002.


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