Getting Here

By road
Thurso is located at the northern end of the A9, the main road linking Caithness with the south of Scotland. Stagecoach Highlands operate regular coach services to Thurso from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.

Car hire is available from a number of locations in the Highlands, including Wick John O’Groats Airport. Europcar and Rhino Car Hire can both offer hire from Wick John O’Groats.

By air
The nearest airport is at Wick which has regular Eastern Airways and Flybe flights to the hub airports of Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Domestic and international flight to the UK are also available at Inverness Airport.

By rail
Scotrail operates passenger and freight train services to Thurso from Inverness.

By sea
Caithness is well connected to Orkney and Shetland. There are two routes with scheduled sailings throughout the year for both passengers and freight traffic.

Northlink Ferries operate from Scrabster to Stromness in Orkney with at least three sailings a day all year round. 

Pentland Ferries operate the purpose-built catamaran car ferry, Pentalina ferry from Gills, Caithness to St Margaret’s Hope in Orkney at least three times a day.

A summer only passenger ferry service is operated by John o’Groat’s Ferries from John O’Groats to Burwick, Orkney with onward bus connections to Kirkwall.

How far is Thurso from:
 Inverness – 110 miles (180 km)
 Edinburgh – 264 miles (425 km)
 London   – 667 miles (1,073 km)
 Manchester – 481 miles (774 km)
 Kirkwall, Orkney – 50 miles (80 km) (road and ferry)
 Lerwick, Shetland – 162 miles (261 km) (road and ferry)