Historic Scotland

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Castle of Old Wick is open year-round.



Discover one of Scotland’s oldest castles, perched on a narrow promontory on the far north-eastern tip of the mainland.

The Castle of Old Wick was probably built in the 1100s. It shares quite a few similarities with Cubbie Roo’s Castle on Orkney, built in about 1150 – indeed, it may have been built by the half-Norse Earl Harald Maddadson.

Known as ‘The Old Man of Wick’, the castle is dominated by its four-storey tower. Parts of its seaward side have long since collapsed, but it retains a striking and dramatic presence.