Ebenezer Place, Wick

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Ebenezer Place, Wick, with Union Street to the right, and River Street to the left

Ebenezer Place, in Wick, Caithness, Scotland, is credited by the Guinness Book of Records as being the world's shortest street at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in). The street has only one address: the entrance to No. 1 Bistro, which is part of Mackays Hotel.[1] The hotel has other frontages onto Union Street and River Street, with its main entrance on Union Street.

Ebenezer Place originated in 1883, when 1 Ebenezer Place was constructed; the owner of the building was instructed to display a name on the shortest side of the hotel. It was officially declared a street in 1887.[2]

Ebenezer Place was only recognised by the Guinness Book of Records in 2006, after the owner of the Mackays Hotel building made an entrance into a new bistro. It replaced the previous record of 5.2 m (17 ft), held by Elgin Street, Bacup.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Celebrating the shortest street". The Daily Post. 31 October 2006. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  2. ^ "World Record!". MacKays Hotel. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Town loses record for world's shortest street". Rossendale Free Press. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Street measures up to new record". BBC News. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  5. ^ Craig Naples (13 September 2008). "Northern exposure - Wick". The Scotsman. Retrieved 19 July 2009.

Coordinates: 58°26′28.2″N 3°05′38.9″W / 58.441167°N 3.094139°W / 58.441167; -3.094139