Information on the 2018 Festival will be added soon, it will follow a similar format to last year.

Itinerary for 2017 Festival

The festival will be taking place at Thurso beach/harbour.

Thursday 6th July

Informal arrival evening in Ferry Inn, Scrabster.

Ferry Inn Pub Map

Friday 7th July

9 am meet on site at Thurso Harbour. Housekeeping and Health and Safety Briefing.  Start building the drystone feature.

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Refreshments at 11 am, lunch of soup and sandwiches at 1 pm – 1.30 pm.

Refreshments available all afternoon.

Finished by 4.15 pm.

Formal welcome and Guest Speaker’s lectures in Caithness Horizons 5.00 for 5.15 pm – 7 pm. Refreshments available.

View Pictish Standing stones, in foyer.

Free tea and coffee!

Informal get together in the nearby Y-Not bar / restaurant.

Saturday 8th July

9am meet at Harbour, briefing. Continue building stone feature.

Other activities for children adjacent to building area.

Refreshments 11 am, Lunch 1 pm – 1.30 pm.

Refreshments available all afternoon.

Finished by 4.30 pm.

Travel to Castlehill Heritage Centre, Castletown ( Turn left at the shop near car park in Castletown). Car share is preferred but there is ample parking available.

castle hill

5 pm. The centre is open, as is the Drystone garden.

Brief Talk on the history of the Flagstone Works there and the harbour.

Tour of stone harbour.

An alternative visit to drystone features for those who have been to the harbour before is available.

Return to Thurso after 6.30 pm.

Sunday 9th July

Meet at RSPB Dunnet Head.

Car sharing is recommended. Ample parking available.

Repair gaps in old Northern Lighthouse Board walls on the most Northerly point in mainland UK.

Very scenic views.


Lunch 1 pm – 1.30 pm.

Refreshments and food available.

Finish early or by 4 pm latest.

Informal farewell gathering, Popeye’s Bar, Scrabster.

See you next year.