Getting here (from the UK)Most people will be travelling from the South - for obvious reasons!

By road

The A9 is the main route in and out of Caithness and hugs the north east coast all the way from just north of Inverness to just south of Wick where it turns inland at the village of Latheron Wheel and traverses the so-called flow country (vast peat moorlands of Caithness) for the last 15 miles up to Thurso.

From Thurso you take the road east towards Castletown and John O'Groats. You then take the last turning for Scarfskerry on the left (if you go though the village of Mey you've gone too far). Go down this track towards the sea. After a mile or so at the sign which says 'Hoy View B&B' take the right turn and go as far as the track allows. Mey Cliff Cottage is on the left on the cliff edge.

The journey from Inverness to Mey Cliff Cottage takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. You can also take a coach from Inverness to Wick/Thurso and then a connecting bus to Scarfskerry/Mey with local bus company Rapsons or even hire a car in Wick/Thurso.

Consult Google Maps for a route from your start point if you intend to drive.

By plane

There are many operators who fly from airports across the UK to Inverness. To find cheap flights to/from Inverness see the SkyScanner website. You can then obviously hire a car in Inverness or take the train or coach to complete you journey north. Alternatively you can fly all the way to Wick from London via Edinburgh on British Airways or on Eastern Airways from Aberdeen. There are connecting flights from Aberdeen to a range of national and international airports. Be warned however, the flights in and out of Wick are expensive and are typically flown by oil/gas executives doing business in the area.

By Train

There is a regular rail service (usually three trains per day) from Inverness to Thurso and Wick. It takes about 4 hours and is an experience in itself taking in some very remote and very beautiful parts of the far north countryside. There are some railway stations literally in the middle of nowhere!

You can time your connection from Inverness with the trains from the South. There are direct trains to/from London Kings Cross during the day. These trains follow the main east coast line taking in Edinburgh, Newcastle, York and Peterborough on their journey to/from the capital. Alternatively you can take the overnight sleeper which leaves London Euston every evening and arrives in Inverness at about 8am the following morning. You can then get the connection on to Wick/Thurso and then get a taxi to take you to Mey Cliff Cottage or use public transport. Or you can hire a car in Inverness.


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By car

Hug the north east coast all the way from just north of Inverness.

By plane

To find cheap flights to/from Inverness see the SkyScanner website.

By train

It takes about 4 hours from Inverness by train, and is an experience in itself.