Bid to revive Thurso distillery after 135-year gap

27th April 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Plans are being made to bring back to life a Caithness whisky distillery that was closed down 135 years ago. A private consortium has announced its intention to re-establish Wolfburn Distillery, on the outskirts of Thurso. An application has been lodged with the Highland Council. If permission is granted, it…

Awards for old hands of lifeboat

20th April 2012 from Press and Journal

Almost a century of combined experience of three far north lifeboatmen has been recognised by long-service awards. They went to three members of the crew of Thurso lifeboat which covers the Pentland Firth, one of the most treacherous stretches of the UK coastline. Honoured were coxswain William “Ming” Munro, his…

A fascinating insight into lives of Dounreay staff

13th April 2012 from John O Groat Journal

An extended exhibition which gives a greater insight into the relationship between Caithness and the nuclear industry has opened. The expanded collection at Caithness Horizons in Thurso aims to put a greater focus on the lives of those who worked at Dounreay. The museum decided to expand the display after…

Time running out for Tesco, warns Saxon

13th April 2012 from John O Groat Journal

Time is running out for a new Tesco development in Thurso, according to the town’s Highland Council Labour candidate. Roger Saxon claims the community’s suspicions the supermarket giant is “land-banking” are true. He said Tesco had had planning permission for a new store at the Ormlie Road site for long…

Highland bakery wants to boost jobs on back of biscuit boom

12th April 2012 from Press and Journal

A highland bakery wants to more than double its workforce after it expands into new premises later this year. Thurso-based Reids of Caithness has taken on a unit at the Ormlie Industrial Estate so it can increase production of its biscuits and other products. The firm said yesterday the growing…

College set to get Nigg training spin-off

11th April 2012 from Caithness Courier

Thurso could become the training centre for hundreds of young workers from across the Highlands, it has emerged. The Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre at North Highland College is set to be involved in training apprentices who are signed up with the Nigg Skills Academy in Ross-shire. The academy has…

New display highlights life at Dounreay

10th April 2012 from Press and Journal

A revamped exhibition of the history of the Dounreay atom plant is being unveiled today at the Caithness Horizons visitor centre at Thurso. The new, extended display on the ground floor of the former town hall puts a greater focus on what life was like to work at the site…

Mark crowned king of waves at championships

4th April 2012 from Caithness Courier

A north-east surfer was king of the waves at Thurso East at the weekend when he was crowned Scottish champion for the fourth time in five years. Mark Cameron (34), from Fraserburgh, beat the rest of the field to land first place in the 2012 Scottish National Surfing Championship on…

Innovation Challenge Competition Unveiled

3rd April 2012

Caithness Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Babcock Dounreay Partnership, is pleased to announce the launch of The Innovation Challenge, an exciting competition designed to stimulate and develop entrepreneurial skills within Caithness and north Sutherland. A £10,000 investment will be awarded to new or existing…