How long will it take?
Make your journey part of the adventure: take a day to get to us travelling through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery by road or rail. You can even come for a long weekend on the sleeper from London to Inverness: you’ll arrive on Friday morning and leave on Sunday afternoon.
Allow 2.5 hours to drive the 100 miles from Inverness.
It takes five or six hours to drive to us from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Buses and trains take longer.
If you are coming from England, fly to Inverness and hire a car.
Click here for directions if you are coming by car.
Take a direct flight to Inverness, or fly to Wick from Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
When you take the train to Inverness you can continue your journey by hiring a car, or you can change trains to come to Wick on the Far North Line.
The Caledonian Sleeper from London to Inverness is our favourite way to travel – leave London in the evening and have breakfast in Inverness.
There are three ferries from Caithness to Orkney:
- Pentland Ferries (or “Banks’ Boat” for the family who run the service) is the shortest route for vehicles
- The John o’Groats Ferry services foot passengers and people travelling by bus
- Northlink Ferries take a longer route from Scrabster to Stromness
Travel to Wick by bus from Orkney via John o’Groats, and from Inverness or Thurso. Use the Moveit App for longer journeys by public transport.
Come by train to Wick and cycle the 5 miles to the Lighthouse from Wick railway station.
Noss Head is 3 miles from the bus stop in Staxigoe or 5 miles from the station in Wick. You are welcome to walk here if that suits you best.
Directions by car or bike:
Our post-code is KW1 4QT and we are easy to find by sat-nav. Drive up through both gates to the Lighthouse.
Driving North on the A99 towards John o’Groats: turn right at the first roundabout in Wick (by Mackays Hotel) and left at the second roundabout (over the bridge). Turn right at the first T-junction, right again at the second T-junction, then go through Papigoe and Staxigoe. Follow the signs for Noss Head, turn right at the old cross-roads behind the airport. Drive on up through both gates to the Lighthouse.
Driving South on the A882 from Thurso: Drive past the signs for Wick station to the traffic lights at the junction with the A99 (there’s a petrol station opposite you on the right). Turn left at this junction and follow the instructions above.
Driving South on the A99 from John o’Groats: go past Wick Tesco and look for signs pointing left for Papigoe and Staxigoe. Follow the signs for Papigoe, Staxigoe and Noss through residential Wick and pass through the villages of Papigoe and Staxigoe. Follow the signs for Noss Head, turn right at the old cross-roads behind the airport. Drive on up through both gates to the Lighthouse. Turn left at the sign for Noss Head, turn right at the old cross-roads behind the airport, then drive on up through both gates to the Lighthouse. If you miss the signs on the main road, turn left at the roundabout by Mackay’s Hotel, and follow the directions above.
Driving away from Noss Head, it’s best to use your sat nav – you can get quite lost in Wick!