Caithness has a rich history and a present of great natural beauty. It is unique for its areas of 'Flow Country' and it's expanses of spacious open unspoilt countryside and rich farmland. It is edged by a craggy coastline with panoramic views and many attractive harbours.
The area features in the Norse sagas and was a principality of the Vikings long before it became a part of the Scottish kingdom. Earlier than that there are many signs of human habitation but who was there and if they were displaced by the Danes is shrouded in the mists of time.
Subsequently the County relied on Agriculture and Fishing with the latter becoming a boom industry in the 19th Century with exports to Russia, the Baltic States and places even further afield.
The flagstone industry was also a boom industry in the last century with Edinburgh's New Town and a number of American cities paved with Caithness flags.This industry is now enjoying something of a revival with exports continuing to grow particularly for prestigious city developments.
Nowadays the economy is a mixed one with a number of new manufacturing and service industry developments.
The County offers extensive outdoor pursuits from water sports and sea angling to rough shooting, hill walking, bird watching and a unique archaeological history.
There are ample golf courses and bowling clubs together with a variety of indoor activities such as amateur dramatics and various clubs and associations.