Duncansby Head, John O'Groats

(4.7/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Duncansby Head is the most north-easterly part of the Scottish mainland, including even the famous John o' Groats, Caithness, Highland. The headland juts into the North Sea, with the Pentland Firth to its north and west and the Moray Firth to its south.The point is marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse, built by David Alan Stevenson in 1924.A minor public road leads from John o' Groats to Duncansby Head, which makes Duncansby Head the farthest point by road from Land's End.The Duncansby Head Site of Special Scientific Interest includes the 6.5 km stretch of coast south to Skirza Head. It includes the Duncansby Stacks, prominent sea stacks just off the coast.
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  • Sleep here from time to time when doing the NC500 (which i have done a few times now) its a great little spot in January when I always visit. Great views to wake up to, amazing part of the coast line,...  more »
  • If you are in the north of Scotland and are not visiting this place, your trip to the north is incomplete. After you reach the lighthouse parking, look for a small signboard that points you into the f...  more »
  • Well worth the walk up from the lighthouse. I was lucky with the weather, the wind was howling, but it was dry and the sky was clear. I got some amazing photographs. If I'm ever back, I'll make the wa...  more »
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  • 4 star review simply for the views. You can't actually go into the lighthouse (couldn't see anything saying you could) so it's generally a quick visit if you're in the area.
  • Amazing views as already mentioned. Additionally you get to watch seals on the coast, which is quite nice. You can easily walk around there to see the cliffs and catch a glimpse of some of the birds nesting there.
  • Stunning views and a good bracing walk even in the strong winds.
  • Great place, very nice view to the ocean ... Sheeps are all around. :)
  • A small square based lighthouse. Beginning point to see the cliffs.