Wick Academy - Harmsworth Park

Harmsworth Park, South Road, Wick, Caithness, Scotland, KW1 5NH

Enquiries:

01955-602446

Official Website:

www.wick-academy.co.uk

Nick Name:

The Scorries

Our Impressions of Harmsworth Park

Harmsworth Park is a neat, tidy little ground, with 2 stands and a fairly unique log fence around the pitch. The main stand is small, with 8 tiers of seats, and costs an extra ?1 to sit in, but the larger stand on the opposite side is free, and has 3 tiers of seats. All the seats came from Ibrox Park, the home of Glasgow Rangers, when they last refurbished their ground.
At the road end behind the goal, there is a hard standing area, and the other end is grass banking. The pitch suffers from drainage problems in the winter, as there is a 9 foot slope from the far end down to the road end, which also goes across the pitch, but not as steeply. Not surprising when you learn Wick is further north than Moscow!!! (True fact)
It's also nearly as cold!!

The stands are also neatly painted black and white and the toilets are adequate. There is no clubhouse at the ground, however. The players and officials (and supporters) use the Town and County Club (known as the ?Backer?) after matches, which is in town.
Merchandise

None sold at the ground (but moves afoot to change this). Wick Sports Shop, opposite the slip road to Safeways in the town, stock the merchandise for the club. Scarves, keyrings, address books, hats and badges were the choices, but all reasonably priced. There didn't appear to be a match day programme, however.

Other info
This is the most northerly senior football ground in Britain, lying just 14 miles from John O'Groats, which is another good reason to stay over, and as such, should probably be the ultimate destination for the serious ground hopper.
If you want to stay, the reviewer highly recommends the Quayside B+B, 25 Harbour Quay, Wick. Run by Bob and Brenda, it is clean, non-smoking, comfortable and 10 minutes from the ground and town centre on the waterfront. You can contact them via their website at www.quaysidewick.co.uk
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Directions to Harmsworth Park

By Road

From The South

Unless you are coming from the Scrabster (Thurso) ferry from Orkney, the only road to take is the A9 from Inverness. This is the coast road, and the only main road into Wick. If you are travelling in the winter, check ahead ? the road has snow gates, and can be closed or treacherous. On a good day in the spring or summer, though, it?s a magical drive through some magnificent scenery. Allow 3 hours from Inverness though to get to Wick, as this is a rural area, and the road is narrow in places, and you may well get stuck behind a tractor, or caravans heading to John O'Groats. The ground is on the right hand side of the road on the southern edge of town, next to the cemetery. Plenty of parking.

By Train

Three trains a day from Inverness, and it takes about 4 hours to get to Wick via Thurso. Three trains a day from Wick taking same time to get to Inverness. (www.scotrail.co.uk)

By Bus

Scottish Citylink runs from Inverness to Wick, Thurso, and Scrabster Pier 4 times a day. It also runs 4 buses a day in the opposite direction. (www.citylink.co.uk)
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