Royal Hotel set to reopen

29th February 2012 from Caithness Courier

THE Royal Hotel in Thurso is to reopen in March after a four-month winter closure. The hotel in Traill Street is scheduled to start trading again on March 19, according to owners Oxford Hotels and Inns Group. But that date could be put out by a week to complete “tidying…

Recycling roadshow rolls into town

24th February 2012 from John O Groat Journal

Shoppers in Caithness will be given advice on recycling when a Scottish Government roadshow rolls into the county. The Lidl stores in Wick (March 9) and Thurso (March 10), and the Thurso town-centre Co-op on March 18, will play host to the event aimed at reminding the public of the…

Major blow as surfing contest is wiped out

15th February 2012 from Caithness Courier

THE local economy has been dealt a major blow after it emerged a world-class surfing competition held annually in Thurso has been shelved. The O’Neill Cold Water Classic at Thurso East, staged since 2006, will not be part of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) surf calendar after sponsors O’Neill…

Chemist staff catch bug for team challenge run event

10th February 2012 from John O Groat Journal

STAFF at a Thurso pharmacy have caught a bug – the running bug. The team from the Co-operative Pharmacy in High Street is taking part in a new sprint challenge – the 5k Team Attack – running alongside the Global Energy Inverness Half Marathon next month. While most runners will…

Scrabster is set to hin new cruise ship record

8th February 2012 from Caithness Courier

A new high for tourism in Caithness could be set this summer, as a record number of cruise ships set sail for Scrabster harbour. A total of 13 ships are heading for Thurso Bay between May and September bringing an unprecedented wave of potential tourists to the county. Roughly 4000…

New traders upbeat about future

3rd February 2012 from John O Groat Journal

NEW traders in Wick town centre are generally feeling optimistic about the future following 18 months of activity. Over the past year-and-a-half several new shops have set up in the town and, along with existing traders, have been spurred on with help from the Caithness Chamber of Commerce. However, uncertainties…