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A hidden gem of a place

Descend 365 steps to a natural harbour with crystal clear water flowing in from the sea beyond the... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2015
Scotland, United Kingdom
Whaligoe Steps

A wonderfully atmospheric deep water inlet south of Wick. 330 steps lead to the former Herring... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2015
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 April 2015

Descend 365 steps to a natural harbour with crystal clear water flowing in from the sea beyond the cliffs. A truly magical place to be on a clear day. The steps were used by the women to haul creels of herring up the cliff. The...More

1  Thank 123Caroleena
Reviewed 20 April 2015

A wonderfully atmospheric deep water inlet south of Wick. 330 steps lead to the former Herring harbour. The curing house at the top is now Whaligoe Cafe and dates from 1813.

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Reviewed 15 April 2015

The closer we were getting, our fears were growing, the approach from the south left you in little doubt about the height of the cliffs you were about to descend. The steps are very well kept, the weather was dry and little wind, wouldn't be...More

1  Thank Indi14
Reviewed 17 January 2015

This is a review particularly for those who like me are not so comfortable with heights. I spent days looking at photos of the steps, reading reviews and .... worrying! But in hindsight I shouldn't have! When you arrive you will see that actually the...More

4  Thank MGS44
Reviewed 21 October 2014

It is a little hard to find - we missed the turn twice, but worth the effort. It is a little daunting when you are standing at the top looking down, but the view at the bottom is spectacular. When you are there you can...More

2  Thank kwilk67
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Read up on it before you get there so you get an understanding of the history if that's what you're into as there isn't much there in the way of explanation of the surroundings. If you're not into that sort of thing then just wander...More

1  Thank tristancomley
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Fortunately, we had parked across the road at Loch Watenan to visit the Chambered Cairn of Get first (worth a visit) and then walked across the road to the steps as there were no parking spaces left at the steps. A careful walk down the...More

2  Thank StravaigingJock
Reviewed 4 August 2014

A natural and unspoiled chine ;not for the fainthearted ;unlike me!!! ;found it difficult to find..... it is mid- way between Ulbster/Bruan; easier from south;--turn immediately right at the large sign for "Cairn o"Get"!!!!!!! at the telephone box .small car park (4cars) end of lane....More

1  Thank yokle
Reviewed 4 July 2014

The Steps, all 365 if memory serves me correctly, are one of Caithness's hidden gems. Leading down to a natural harbour bordered and sheltered on both sides by high cliffs this is where the fishing boats would land their catch. The local women of the...More

2  Thank Valerie C
Reviewed 10 June 2014

I was a bit hesitant about going to Whaligoe Steps, as I don't particularly like heights and I had heard it was a steep descent and ascent. I am very glad that I decided to make the effort, as the views were spectacular and the...More

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Response from Heather S | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are definitely allowed, I took mine but kept him on the leash as there’s a shear drop and no barriers between the steps and the North Sea below. I think they are open every day unless the local council are doing major... More