Camster Cairns: A Complete Guide
Camster Cairns (or The Grey Cairns of Camster) are two of the oldest monuments in Scotland, built in the Neolithic period about 5,000 years ago. Chambered cairns are stone burial monuments usually built on hillsides or skylines.
Where is Camster Cairns?
The cairns are in the historical county of Caithness in the far north of mainland Scotland. They are around 25 miles south of John O’Groats and 97 miles north of Inverness.
Camster is located near the North Coast 500, a 500-mile driving route around the Northern Highlands of Scotland.
What to do near Camster
Whaligoe Steps: 300 odd steps down a rocky cliff edge in nearby Whaligoe, used by fisherwomen in the nineteenth century to carry catches of fish from Whaligoe Harbour to the local market.
Wick: the nearest town and an historical harbour, Wick has a distillery and a heritage museum, as well as surrounding castle ruins, cairns and coastline stretching towards John O’Groats.
Where to eat
Wick: has a variety of restaurants and cafes including Bistro No. 1 at Mackays Hotel and Bord De L’Eau, a French restaurant.
Waterlines, Lybster: known for its fresh crab roll sandwiches.
Whaligoe Steps Cafe: located at the top of Whaligoe Steps, providing lunch and dinner with sea views. Phone to check opening times before travel as seasonal opening applies.
Where to stay
Wick: has accommodation from hotels, bed & breakfast to camping. The surrounding North Coast 500 route also has bed and breakfasts.
How to get to Camster Cairns
By car: Camster Cairns can be approached from Lybster or Watten and is around a 25-minute drive from Wick. See more
By train: the nearest station is Wick, with a direct connection to Inverness, the principal city in the Scottish Highlands.
See the drive to Camster Cairns.