Who Said What about Wick? 

Wick’s town crest features sailing ships and a bishop blessing fishermen, to commemorate the Royal Burgh’s connection to connections with shipping and fishing.

Wick’s town crest features sailing ships and a bishop blessing fishermen, to commemorate the Royal Burgh’s connection to connections with shipping and fishing.

Wick’s High Street compensates for the gray stone town scape with splashes of colorful paint and hanging flowers.

Wick’s High Street compensates for the gray stone town scape with splashes of colorful paint and hanging flowers.

Certainly Wick in itself possesses no beauty: bare, grey shores, grim grey houses, grim grey sea; not even the gleam of red tiles; not even the greenness of a tree. The southerly heights, when I came here, were black with people, fishers waiting on wind and night. Now all the S.Y.S. (Stornoway boats) have beaten out of the bay, and the Wick men stay indoors or wrangle on the quays with dissatisfied fish-curers, knee-high in brine, mud, and herring refuse. The day when the boats put out to go home to the Hebrides, the girl here told me there was ‘a black wind’; and on going out, I found the epithet as justifiable as it was picturesque. A cold, BLACK southerly wind, with occasional rising showers of rain; it was a fine sight to see the boats beat out a-teeth of it.
— Robert Louis Stevenson, in a letter to his mother in 1868
Lots of stuff inside to shorten those long, dark Caithness winter nights. And we don’t mean books!

Lots of stuff inside to shorten those long, dark Caithness winter nights. And we don’t mean books!

The herring fishing has increased the wealth, but also the wickedness…There is a great consumption of spirits, there being 22 public houses in Wick and 23 in Pulteneytown. Seminaries of Satan and Belial.
— Rev Charles Thomson, 1840
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Wick shows off its pride as a Scottish Royal Burgh with an elaborate town clock created all from blooming flowers. But life ticks on even as the harsh winter blaws and blaws with fierce winds from the North Sea, and kills the flowers.

Wick shows off its pride as a Scottish Royal Burgh with an elaborate town clock created all from blooming flowers. But life ticks on even as the harsh winter blaws and blaws with fierce winds from the North Sea, and kills the flowers.

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Yes, this Wick Beauty Parlor does look like a jail, but women come and go freely.

Yes, this Wick Beauty Parlor does look like a jail, but women come and go freely.

 
The streets are full of the Highland fishers, lubberly, stupid, inconceivably lazy and heavy to move. You bruise against them, tumble over them, elbow them against the wall — all to no purpose; they will not budge; and you are forced to leave the pavement every step.
— Robert Louis Stevenson, in a letter to his mother in 1868
Crown of the Wick Herring Queen

Crown of the Wick Herring Queen

Wick spreads grey and uncompromising around the head of Wick Bay. It is the most northernly town on the east coast of Britain…and makes few concessions to the picturesque. Yet it has a fascination not uncommon in this bleak northeast corner of Scotland: the frequent drama of high skies over flattish, largely treeless, land, and impressive cliff and rock scenery along the coast…Its biggest tourist attraction, it is said, is a factory - The Caithness Glass Works—where beautifully designed hand-blown glassware, known far beyond Scotland, is produced.
— The Scottish Highlands, John A. Lister, 1978, John Bartholomew & Son Limited
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Caithness boggy landscape around Wick a favorite with new-age settlers

Caithness boggy landscape around Wick a favorite with new-age settlers

If you go to Wick…

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