Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Caithness, the most northern county of Scotland, covers an area of about 700 square miles. For the most part it is moorland and bare, except in the west and south, where it is mountainous. Along the coast it is indented with many bays, the chief promontories being Dunnet Head, Duncansby Head, and Moss Head. It is watered by numerous small streams, and has no lakes of any importance. Fishing is the principal industry pursued. Caithness flags are also extensively quarried and exported for paving purposes. The chief town and only parliamentary burgh in the county is Wick, which is also the centre of the British herring industry.