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Thurso Thurso  United Kingdom

A short drive from Scrabster, Thurso is the northernmost town on the mainland. Named after the Norse god of thunder, this former Viking village became part of Scotland around the 12th century. One of the oldest remnants from this period is Old St. Peter’s Church (or Kirk), whose ruins date from the 1400s. Discover the history of the region at Caithness Horizons, a museum set in a renovated former town hall. Here, you’ll see archaeological finds from the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages, including some from ancient brochs (round drystone towers), as well as Viking artifacts. The town has a number of restaurants and shops set along pedestrian streets, and it's famous as a top cold-water surfing destination, thanks to the coastline's enormous waves.