Duncansby Head, John O'Groats

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.LighthouseThe 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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  • Went there early in the morning to get the sunrise, which was stunning. It was lovely and quiet and plenty of photos were taken  more »
  • Incredible views over the Orkney islands on a clear day! Lovely picnic spot and good signposted walks. Also access to a small beach  more »
  • Nature has sculptured four stacks for all to view which has become a nesting ground for different birds. The beach is hard to reach however the sight from the top is magnificent. With spectacular view...  more »
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  • The geographic location is the main attraction here. With a short walk to cliffs and views it is a worthwhile visit.
  • Beautiful place to visit, the landscapes are so amazing and the beach view too. The birds were nesting in the beautiful mountains on the seaside which is so really worth seeing.
  • Amazing cliffs! There is an amazing pathway along the edge! Windy and muddy if it rains, wear proper shoes! You can see seals swimming through the wave and different kind of birds gliding along the edge. Beautiful Scotland!
  • Spectacular view of the Skerries. An amazing sunset
  • The lighthouse might not be impressive, but the cliff rock formation where the birds nest is the main attraction. The 360 degrees view is impressive. The lambs are curious but unfriendly though. Well, of course they not meant to play hide and seek with you. If you are an avid bird watcher, there are a couple of places you can see them with their nest and during summer the young are learning how to fly. I think that's what they were doing while I was there in July. Owh, if u want to just see the rock formation, u can just park at the car parking before reaching the top as it is nearer to the rock formation.

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