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Caithness (Scottish Gaelic: Gallaibh [ˈkal̪ˠɪv]; Scots: Caitnes;[1] Old Norse: Katanes[2]) is a historic county, registration county and lieutenancy area of Scotland.

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Coordinates: 58°25′N 3°30′W
Sovereign stateFlag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
CountryFlag_of_Scotland.svg Scotland
Council areaHighland
County townWick
  Total618 sq mi (1,601 km2)
 Ranked 14th of 34
Chapman code

Caithness has a land boundary with the historic county of Sutherland to the west and is otherwise bounded by sea. The land boundary follows a watershed and is crossed by two roads (the A9 and the A836) and by one railway (the Far North Line). Across the Pentland Firth, ferries link Caithness with Orkney, and Caithness also has an airport at Wick. The Pentland Firth island of Stroma is within Caithness.

The name was also used for the earldom of Caithness (c. 1334 onwards) and for the Caithness constituency of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (1708 to 1918). Boundaries are not identical in all contexts, but the Caithness area as of 2019 lies entirely within the Highland council area. Until its demise in the 19th century, the Norn language was the common language of everyday communication for people in Caithness, before being gradually overtaken by Scots (and later, English).[3]