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Canisbay is located in Caithness
Canisbay shown within the Caithness area
Population <100
OS grid reference ND348721
Council area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wick
Postcode district KW1 4
Dialling code 01955 611
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places
58°37′55″N 3°07′23″W / 58.632°N 3.123°W / 58.632; -3.123Coordinates: 58°37′55″N 3°07′23″W / 58.632°N 3.123°W / 58.632; -3.123

Canisbay is a rural hamlet located about 1 mile (1.6 km) southwest of Huna and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southwest of John o' Groats in Caithness, Scottish Highlands, and is in the Scottish council area of Highland. It lies on the A836 coast road, which bypasses the hamlet to the north.

It is home to 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 which John o' Groats is named after.

Canisbay is in the Parish of Canisbay which includes John o' Groats, Upper and Lower Gills, Huna and Freswick.

Canisbay is home to Canisbay Juniors, who are the "feeder" team to John o' Groats FC with many of the key first team players having played for the side at one time. They play in the youth development leagues in Caithness where they enter teams at all age groups. Canisbay is also home to Canisbay Rifle club, who regularly compete in the Caithness Rifle Leagues.

Canisbay is also home to one of the last peat-cutters in the area, Mr Alan MacDonald, whose peat stack is an unofficial tourist attraction in the village, with many tourists photographing it and even offering to purchase some peat.

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.

In Popular Culture[edit]

In the US TV show Supernatural, (Season 6, Episode 4, "Weekend at Bobby's"), Fergus Roderick MacLeod, (the human name of the demon Crowley) was said to be born in Canisbay, Scotland in 1661.