Whaligoe Steps: A Complete Guide

Find out all you need to know including what to do, where to stay, where to eat and how to get to Whaligoe Steps, North Scotland.

Whaligoe Steps is a descent of over 300 steps down a cliff face on the far north east coast of Scotland. It was used by women in the nineteenth century to carry baskets of fish from the harbour at Whaligoe up the cliff side and to the market in Wick, the nearest town, around 7 miles away.

Where is Whaligoe Steps
In Caithness, North Scotland, 7 miles south of Wick on the A99 road. It is 23.5 miles south of John O’Groats, 97 miles north of Inverness and 250 miles north of Edinburgh.

How to get to Whaligoe Steps
By car: from Wick, drive south past along the A99. After Ulbster, you’ll see a sign for the Cairn of Get on the right; Whaligoe Steps is the left turn immediately opposite. Once you take this turning, there is parking at the bottom of the cul de sac. See the drive and where to park.
By bus: take the X99 Stagecoach bus from Wick. Plan your journey
By train: the nearest railway station is Wick, the last station on the Far North Railway Line from Inverness.

What to do at Whaligoe Steps and nearby
Descend Whaligoe Steps: here's how it looks
Camster Cairns: two restored Neolithic cairns nestled in the countryside between Watten and Lybster.
Cairn of Get: a curious walk close to Whaligoe which leads to a relatively untouched cairn. The Hill of Many Stanes is also nearby.
Wick: for boat trips, the Wick Heritage Museum and the Old Pulteney Distillery, home of Stroma whisky liqueur. Read more

Where to eat
Whaligoe Steps Cafe and Restaurant: located at the top of Whaligoe Steps with sea views inside and out. Phone to check opening hours before travel.
Waterlines Museum: in nearby Lybster, serves fresh crab rolls. Seasonal opening applies, check before travel.
Wick: with several restaurants across different tastes and budgets.

Where to stay
Wick: the nearest town with hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and a campsite on the River Wick. Read more

Where to go next
North: to John O’Groats and the Orkney Isles
South: to Dunrobin Castle and Inverness

Further resources
See the drive from Wick to Lybster Harbour, Caithness or read our complete guide to Wick.