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“Worth a detour”

Castlehill Heritage Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

We were really lucky to find a volunteer on site who was able to open up the heritage centre for us on a closed day. (They are open 2-4 to Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays). Hidden gem that really brings the stories of this part of the coast to life. If you want to understand why Castletown is here, look no further than under your feet! The heritage centre explains all about the Caithness flagstone industry. And its pretty garden courtyard must be an absolute sun trap.

Thank BuxtonKate
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is a work in progress, the walk around the harbour and surrounding area reveals the history of the local flag stone industry. The visitor centre is only open on two days per week Wednesday and Saturday. the views across the bay and dunes are outstanding. Nice place on a sunny day for a stole.

Thank garyjeb
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and passed this centre after leaving the Dunnet / Thurso road to look at the small harbour.

We almost drove by but decided to look in and we’re very glad we did. Despite the apologies that the centre was in turmoil as rearrangement was going on we found this to be an excellent visit.

The enthusiasm and knowledge of Jayne and Muriel was wonderful, we were made to feel that they had opened up just for us. The Merlin engine from a crashed hurricane with its pilot being one of the successful escapees from Stalag Luft 3 was my highlight.

History brought alive in a personal and direct manor. Don’t expect the British Museum or CGI but embrace the minutiae and detail.

Thoroughly recommended

Thank RandwickBakery
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

The place is run by a dedicated group of locals and we found it to be an interesting afternoon .The garden is beautiful and thank you ladies for your time.

Thank Alan S
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

Well worth taking the time to visit the Heritage Centre.

Beautiful gardens, interesting exhibits, volunteers in attendance who are both helpful and knowledgeable.

For me the highlight was the WWII aircraft engine unearthed from the beat bog and the amazing story of the pilot and his involvement in the Great Escape.

Limited opening times so check before you go to avoid disappointment.

Thank weather2go
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