A narrow cleft enclosed by steep cliffs between two headlands, Whaligoe (whale geo or inlet of whales) forms an inlet on the east coast of Caithness, 6 miles (9 km) northeast of Lybster and 7 miles (11 km) south of Wick. From the clifftop 365 steps built, in the 17th century and representing each day of the year, descend to the inlet which was a landing place for fishermen. Boats were winched up and lashed down in bad weather. On the clifftop stands a 19th-century herring station.

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