Scotland: The Unspoiled Kingdom of the Cats

A local shares what she loves about Scotland's Kingdom of the Cats -- and why you might want to visit too.

John o Groats. Photo by Andrea Wotherspoon
John o Groats. Photo by Andrea Wotherspoon

For those interested in ancient history, take a trip to Camster Cairns. These bronze age burial cairns are among the oldest stone monuments in Scotland, and are at least 5000 years old –older than the Egyptian Pyramids. Their remote location at the edge of the Flow Country gives them an eerie, haunting atmosphere. The surprisingly roomy chambers within the cairns are accessible via a short crawl along a narrow passage.

Finally no visit to Caithness is complete without a trip to the Castle of Mey, the late Queen Mother’s holiday home. She visited the castle regularly from 1955 until her death in 2002, and is much loved in the surrounding area. The castle, garden and grounds are open to the public throughout the summer, along with a tea room, animal center, shop and visitor center.

Camster Cains. Photo by Andrea Wotherspoon
Camster Cains. Photo by Andrea Wotherspoon

The Highlands are a stunning part of the world, and any part of this beautiful region is worth a visit, however only in Caithness will you find that unique mix of Norse and Gaelic, of highland and lowland, of ancient history and nuclear innovation. It feels like the edge of the world, but you’ll always find a warm welcome, so be sure to include the Kingdom of the Cats in your itinerary.

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Author Bio: Andrea Wotherspoon is a writer living on the north coast of Scotland. She blogs about writing and life at





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