A stone’s throw from the town of Wick, this Scottish castle hotel has no shortage of things to do in the local area.

From salmon fishing on the Thurso to sampling malts at some of Scotland’s finest distilleries, there’s something for everyone at Ackergill Tower.


Visit the ruined castles of Sinclair & Girnigoe, the ancient seat of the Earls of Caithness, and meet the current Earl to hear about his plans to save them.


A rare chance to test out quad bikes, Landrovers and Argokats in a truly unique setting. The sand dunes at Ackergill are a challenge for even the most technically-able drivers.


Scotland is home to some of the best golf the world over, and Caithness is no exception to this rule. Wick, just 2 minutes to the West, has been played since 1870 and is a challenge well worth your time. If a little tuition is required, this can be arranged from the Royal Dornoch Pro.

Clay Pigeon

Clay pigeon shooting is available in the Walled Garden. Three remotely operated traps simulate driven, going away and crossing birds to test the marksmanship.

Distillery Visits

The award-winning distillery, Old Pulteney, where their 21 year old malt was given the highest ever "score" for any malt in the world, is just 10 minutes' drive from Ackergill Tower.


A chance to see these amazing birds up close and to handle them yourself. Watch the birds fly while Andy tells you all about them and the very special skills each one has to help it hunt. Andy will be very happy to take you hunting so you can really see them in action.

Salmon & Trout

Head to the mighty Thurso or Wick; whichever is fishing best. Some of the best trout lochs in the UK are to be found within 30 minutes of Ackergill, and there is tuition at hand for both the novice and the more experienced rod.

Deep Sea Fishing

The coastline that surrounds Caithness is a favourite spot for national & international anglers alike and is rich with fish like haddock, turbot, cod, mackerel, pollack, bass and ling, as well as a few more elusive species.

Sea kayaking

Paddle from Ackergill harbour to get close up to the unique geology of the northern coastline.


Wander across to the bonfire on the beach. Rugs in the dunes overlooking Sinclair Bay with 7 miles of golden sand to watch over as you contemplate.


Spend some time with a ranger, breathe in the clean air, marvel at the big skies, see the seals and seabirds at play, and discover the many Viking ruins.


Enjoy the countryside on horseback, a gentle hack along miles of private beach or something a little more adventurous for the experienced rider.

White Water

The coastline around Caithness is teaming with wildlife and wild waters; to the North, the uninhabited island of Stroma, to the South, arches and caves to explore. Strap yourself into the 30 feet long RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) with its twin jet-drive system and prepare for the ride of a lifetime. The very best of natural beauty and sheer unadulterated adrenaline!