Thurso is the most northerly town on the British mainland with records dating back to Viking times when it was under Norse Orcadian rule and a major gateway to Scotland from Scandinavia and the northern isles. The area is fringed to the north and east by dramatic coastal scenery and is home to large colonies of internationally important sea birds.
Thurso Bay and the distillery overlook the turbulent waters of the Pentland Firth towards the imposing cliffs of the Orcadian Island of Hoy and on a clear day the Old Man of Hoy can be seen in the far distance. The Thurso area was inhabited long before the Vikings arrived to give it its name. With a significant heritage from the Neolithic era, the entire county of Caithness is littered with cairns (burial chambers), megaliths (standing stones) and iron age brochs (hollow-walled rounded castles).