Located on the north coast of Scotland, Thurso faces over the Pentland Firth towards the Orkney Isles. With a population of almost eight thousand people, Thurso is well-connected to the rest of Britain by road and rail. It is the northernmost terminus on the Far North Line and is also in close proximity to Scrabster Harbour, which offers a route to the Orkney Isles as well as Wick Airport.
Thurso has a high school and three primary schools. The town hosts many sandstone buildings, a museum, a derelict castle and a Carnegie library. The surrounding area is a popular destination for cyclists, hill-walkers, surfers and birdwatchers.