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, the national tourism agency for Scotland, offers a wide range of information and detail on Thurso via the Tourist Board web site.
The ancient town of Thurso is the largest in
. It boasts excellent visitor services and various attractions such as the Swanson Gallery and the glass blowing studio, Glass Creations. Situated on the shore of the Pentland Firth, it is also a popular with surfing enthusiasts, who add a real splash of summer colour to the British mainland's most northerly town. For those who prefer indoor water, there is a fine swimming pool with fitness suite.
West of Thurso you can learn about one of the area's most famous contemporary landmarks at the Dounreay Visitor Centre. Beyond Dounreay, the road crosses the old county boundary into north
Sutherland and winds its way west to Bettyhill. Here the coast is punctuated by series of wonderful bays and headlands, and good views can be enjoyed from Strathy Point with its prominent lighthouse.
Inland, you discover a very different landscape. Here, on the A897 through Strath Halladale, you have an opportunity to learn about the unique environment of the Caithness and Sutherland 'Flow Country' at the RSPB's Forsinard Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre. See the Hen Harriers at the webcam site here.
The Flow Country is the name given to a vast area of blanket bog which covers much of west Caithness and north Sutherland. This rich and ecologically diverse area is one of the oldest and least disturbed peatland habitats to be found anywhere in the world. It is home to numerous rare plants, insects and birds - most notably greenshanks, dunlin and golden plovers.
Visitors can book accommodation in Thurso online via the VisitScotland.com site: