How To Get Here
It's easier than you might think!
The Big Gig holds it's main event in Caithness in the towns of Thurso and Wick. Thurso is the most northernly town in the UK situated on the north coast of Scotland. Both Thurso and Wick are accessable by Road, Rail, Air and Sea.
The area offers amazing scenery remarkably different from the rest of Scotland with low sweeping hills, beautiful sandy beaches, forrests and wide open countryside. The heart of the county is dominated by the Flow Country- Britain's last great wilderness and it is truely a wilderness and an incredable place- it's bigger than London!
There are many high quality places of accomodation on offer and plenty of good eating establishments. There are lots of interesting villages to explore along with ancient sites through the county. There are many churches and castles including the Castle of Mey, the residence of the late Queen Mother and now used by Prince Charles.
From a cinematic point of view it has to be said that god made Caithness in CinemaScope. The wide spectacular landscapes fit well in the Scope frame and you won't be dissappointed if you bring along your anamorphic lens.
GETTING HERE BY RAIL:
Thurso and Wick are very easy to get to by rail being connected from the major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh to Perth (you may need to change here from Edinburgh and also change at Sterling for Perth if coming from Glasgow). You will then take the train to Inverness and change here for Thurso and Wick service (one train). CLICK THIS LINK FOR TRAIN INFORMATION: www.firstscotrail.co.uk
GETTING HERE BY ROAD- In you own vehicle!
Quickest route from the western seaboard of northern England is to take the M6 to Carlisle and the A74 from Carlisle to Edinburgh.
From the eastern seaboard, Newcastle, take the A696 onto the A68 and at Newton St Boswells you can go by either the A7 or continue along the A68 (it's 6 and two 3s really) to Edinburgh.
From Edinburgh take the A90 over the Fourth Road Bridge to the M90. Follow the M90 to Perth where you then join the A9 through the Cairngorms to Inverness and north to Thurso where the A9 ends. If going to our event in Wick don't take the A9 turn at Latheron, instead continue on the A99 following signs for John O' Groats or Wick.
Please note: Some signs on the A9 state Wick instead of Thurso. Don't worry, if it says Wick or Thurso you are heading in the right direction.
GETTING HERE BY BUS:
Again connections are easy with National Express and Megabus connections to Glasgow and Edinburgh. From Edinburgh or Glasgow you can take Citylink or Megabus to Perth (from Glasgow change at Broxden Park & Ride, Perth) for Perth to Inverness. Change at Inverness for Citylink bus to Thurso (via Wick). Please check you bus at Inverness carefully if going to our Wick event as there is a direct service to Thurso that does not go through Wick. Caithness local bus services will enable you to get to Wick or Thurso if you make a mistake. Click the links for more information.
GETTING HERE BY AIR:
It's a mere 3.5 hours from London. Click the links for more information.
GETTING HERE BY SEA:
Okay so it would be a bit of a round about journey unless you live in Iceland, Norway or The Faroe Islands or beyond but if you are coming from these directions. Click the links: