Canisbay Parish Church at Kirkstyle
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Canisbay is a hamlet in Caithness, close to the county's rough northern coastline and just two miles west of John o' Groats; the destination of many heading for the end of the land. John o' Groats and Duncansby Head, which does mark the end of the land, are both within the parish, which thus includes a stretch of both coasts.
Canisbay is about a mile south-west of Huna; the main knot of houses are on a lane off the main road, the A836 north coast road.
The parish church is at Kirkstyle to the north of the main knot of cottages, leading down to the crags on the sea looking out to the Isle of Stroma, which is part of the parish, although presently uninhabited.
Canisbay is also home to one of the last peat-cutters in the area, Mr MacDonald, whose peat stack is an unofficial tourist attraction in the village, with many tourists photographing it and even offering to purchase some peat.
About the village
The village has a school, Canisbay Primary School, a Village Hall, Medical Practice, and two Churches, one of which is the church used by Charles, Prince of Wales. The Church is also the burial place of Jean De Groot, the ferryman after whom John o' Groats is named.
The Parish of Canisbay includes Canisbay itself, John o' Groats, Upper and Lower Gills, Huna and Freswick, as well as the Isle of Stroma. It covers 26,958 acres, including the 1,014 acres that make up Stroma.
Sport and society
- Junior football: Canisbay Juniors
- Shooting: Canisbay Rifle Club
The Canisbay Show is the local agricultural and crafts show held mid-June each year in the park behind the village hall, with the JCB competition, the karate display and mainly the Beer Tent being the big attractions.