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Thurso is a delightful small town in the far north of the Scottish Highlands.
There are lots of shops and nice places to eat in the area. There aren't many places this far north where you can stop off for provisions so Thurso really is ideal for that. Not a lot in the town to see but worth an approximately 2 hour walk around and stop for a bite to eat. Surfers descend on the area in the summer months.
Scottish Citylink offers a relatively frequent service to Thurso from Inverness and stopping at most of the small towns and villages along the A9. If you book ahead on-line at the website instead of buying directly from the driver, you can save about £15.00 from your ticket!
Thurso is at the northern end of the Far North mainline which runs from Inverness and splits into two branches, one going to Thurso and the other going to Wick. The train station is located a very short walk west of the town centre.
You can explore the town on foot; quite small.
Follow Saint George's St south to where it turns into the A9. Not many good spots to stop along the road and drivers are mostly wealthy, elderly couples or caravan tourists who don't like picking up hitchhikers. Still though, quite a few great locals and it's worth a shot, just be prepared for a long wait and bad weather.
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GO SURFING. Surfers descend on the area in the summer months
Groceries are available at Lidl, across the road from the campground on the Scrabster Road.
If you are staying at the Thurso Bay Caravan & Camping Park, Wi-Fi is available in the Park's cafe and lounge.
Thurso has suffered from high unemployment rates and problems with drugs. While most locals are friendly, there is a large number of teenagers who have little to do with their time and resort to vandalism and drug taking. Make sure that you park your car in an open public place, preferably next to security cameras, to minimize the chances of vandalism.
Thurso is only a couple of miles from Scrabster, which is the ferry terminal for a route to Stromness on one of the Orkney Islands. The trip takes about an hour and a half and passes by the Old Man of Hoy.