Thrumster, Caithness

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Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Thrumster
Postcode district KW1 5
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58°23′20″N3°07′48″W / 58.3888°N 3.12993°W / 58.3888; -3.12993 Coordinates: 58°23′20″N3°07′48″W / 58.3888°N 3.12993°W / 58.3888; -3.12993
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Thrumster railway station

Thrumster is a crofting township on the main A99 road between Wick and Inverness. It is the nearest village to Wick. The transmission mast used to broadcast BBC television and radio signals to Caithness was located here until 1960.

The village had a railway station until trains stopped running on the Wick and Lybster Railway in 1944. The station has been preserved. Around 500 m (550 yd) south is Thrumster Parish Church, part of the Church of Scotland charge of Pulteneytown and Thrumster.

The township of Sarclet is situated 12 mile (800 m) to the southeast.


Near Thrumster House is a standing stone, that affirms the legend that Margaret, Maid of Norway, Norwegian princess, who was heiress of the Scottish Town, was wrecked on this coast on her return to Scotland, and buried under the Standing-Stane o' Thrumster. [1]

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  1. The New Statistical Account of Scotland: Sutherland, Caithness, Orkney, Shetland, General index. W. Blackwood and Sons. 1845. p.  142 . Retrieved 17 February 2018.