"Old Wick Castle" Wick Things to Do Tip by Airpunk
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On the cliffs, around 1 ½ kilometres south of the town centre lie the ruins of Old Wick castle, often known under the nickname ?Old Man of Wick?. Not much is left of the former castle, only the stump of a tower (once with the height of four stories) and a couple of stones remain in place. The castle was built by the Norsemen in the 12th century and changed ownership several times. John Sinclair captured it in 1569 and 200 years later fell into decay (probably, it was derelict in the 17th century already). A more detailed history can be found under the link below. At the site, here are two boards explaining the history of the castle and showing how it must have looked like. Entry is free ? there are no ticket booths and the castle is open at any time of the day and year.
There are two paths leading to the castle. One possibility is to take the path on the cliffs which runs along the coast from the harbour (note: ON the cliffs, not directly at the coast). The other path runs south from the main graveyard, close to the retail centre. Be sure to have appropriate shoes with you, especially when the ground is wet and the stones become slippery (no high heels or flip-flops please). Both paths run through a zone which is adjacent to military grounds. In the rather unlikely case you see a red flag, please do not go further as that means that the army is training. A parking lot is located within a short walking distance of the castle, but don?t ask me which road leads there.
Directions: A 20 minute walk away from the town centre (see description)
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