Local tips: What to do in Wick, Caithness – Ellie, Mackays Hotel

Ellie Lamont lives in Wick, Caithness where she and her family run several businesses including Mackays Hotel  in Wick, Scotland. Ellie shares with us her tips what to do and see in Wick and the local area including the best beaches. About me I enjoy spending time with Murray and Jennifer, our daughter, outwith the […]

Ellie Lamont lives in Wick, Caithness where she and her family run several businesses including Mackays Hotel  in Wick, Scotland. Ellie shares with us her tips what to do and see in Wick and the local area including the best beaches.

Wick Harbour Day
Wick Harbour Day

About me

I enjoy spending time with Murray and Jennifer, our daughter, outwith the businesses is important as we all work together. We have 2 pets, Max and Bria, we were lucky enough to be adopted by them! Swimming is my favourite sport, I could swim before I could walk, although it is challenging finding the time these days.

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Max & Bria

Our businesses include Mackays Hotel, Wick and Bin Ends in Wick, Thurso and Inverness Airport, as well as Pulteney Properties. As well as the hotel we have serviced properties available, my favourite is Langhills.

Mackays Hotel, Wick Scotland

How long have you lived here?

I’ve lived in Wick for nearly 36 years having moved up from Central Scotland the year after Murray and I were married.  Although I was born in South America and my Mother was Canadian and Father English, I am descended from Scottish ancestors on both sides. According to my Canadian grandfather also from royalty 🙂

Favourite beach

Reiss beach, Wick Scotland
Reiss beach, Wick Scotland

I have two! Reiss Beach just outside Wick and Dunnet Sands near Castletown. Both lovely walks with Max and Bria. Reiss has so many different sides to it and the landscape changes with just about every tide and Dunnet is equally as beautiful with the bay setting.

Best walk

Sunset at Newton Hill
Sunset at Newton Hill

Again two! We have an enclosed walking area Newton Hill, Max and Bria can explore and it is so open you can see different skies from one spot.  My second is Reiss Beach, it is so peaceful.

Most special time of year

Mackays Hotel in the snow Wick Scotland
Mackays Hotel in the snow

My favourite times are Christmas Day and New Year’s Day mainly because it’s the only time of year the hotel is shut and our family is always together although the cooking can be a challenge for me!

Gala Week in Wick is special as well, to see the huge efforts put in by people come to fruition with the events during the week and then the Gala Parade just shows the great community spirit we have in Wick.

The one thing that every tourist should do when visiting Wick & Caithness

There are so many things to do!  Look at venture-north.co.uk for ideas on areas in Caithness and Sutherland. Venture North has 3 videos on their website which are fabulous and well worth looking at! John O’Groats is a must as it’s the most northerly point on mainland UK, Dunnet Head.  There are fabulous beaches all around the coast, Reiss Beach, Dunnet Sands and Sandgo Sands are our favourites. Don’t miss Kyle of Tongue either!

If you’re interested in history Wick Heritage Museum is full of information, Caithness Horizons, in Thurso, is a 5 star accredited museum and there is also Castlehill Heritage Centre and Strathnaver Museum.

Your best wildlife encounter

That has to be watching a basking seal from the hotel kitchen, one comes up in the summer.

Read: 11 things to take wildlife watching – the gear you need

Favourite road or drive and why

The A9, the views are fantastic heading north or south, just make sure to do it during daylight J

Most loved view

Sitting on Reiss Beach listening to the sea and enjoying the tranquillity while being close to nature

Favourite place to eat and drink

Without a doubt our No 1 Bistro! Being a vegan I’ve made sure there is a vegetarian/vegan menu on offer as well as the main menu.  Our chefs do a great job of making vegan food and my favourite was a vegetable mille feuille just bursting with flavours.

For those who enjoy meat and fish the main menu is equally as tasty!

Find out more about Mackays Hotel Wick

Website: www.mackayshotel.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mackayshotelwick

Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=H51Fw20vieo

Twitter: @MackaysHotel

Instagram: @mackayshotel

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