Brig o' Stack

A towering sea stack that rises from the crashing waves below, only connected to the land by a narrow rock bridge (or 'brig').

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  • 3km round trip.


  • Park at the car park for the castle of Old Wick, to the south of Wick.


  • Clifftop path that can be uneven in places.
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible

Additional Information

Brig o' Stack is a hidden gem of the Caithness seacoast, yet still off the radars of most NC500 tourists.

There are no road signs and little in the way of blogposts, media, or guidebooks to encourage visitors here, so this place is secret in every sense of the word! But don't let that put you off - only a short walk from the popular castle of Old Wick, Brig o' Stack rises 25m from the sea below, still joined to the mainland by a narrow rock bridge. This permits access to the stack, which guillemots, shags, skuas, and kittiwakes make their nests on the rocky ledges.
Please be responsible - whilst beautiful, the coastlines can be treacherous, so never do anything that puts yourself or others in danger.

If heights are not your thing, then the sea stack can also be viewed by boat from below. Caithness Seacoast, based at Wick harbour, run fast-boat tours that explore the county's east coast.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Much of the dramatic Caithness coastline is formed of sedimentary sandstone laid down over 370 million years ago. These formed rocks that go as deep as 8km below the surface. Just let that sink in!

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