Dunnet Head, Thurso

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Dunnet Head is a peninsula in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland. Dunnet Head includes the most northerly point of the mainland of Great Britain. The point, known as Easter Head, is at, about 18km west-northwest of John o' Groats and about 20km from Duncansby Head. Dunnet Head can be seen also as the western limit of the Pentland Firth on the firth's southern, or Caithness, side (Duncansby Head is the eastern limit). Although Easter Head is the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland; the northern-most point of Scotland (including islands) lies in the Shetland islands, approximately 170 miles further north.The headland's boundary with the rest of the Scottish mainland can be defined as a north-south line running from Little Clett to the mouth of Dunnet Burn in Dunnet Bay. This line is followed along most of its route by a single track road, the B855, which links Brough with the village of Dunnet, making this the most northerly road on mainland Britain. From this line, the headland projects westward and northward into the Atlantic Ocean and the Pentland Firth and shelters the more southerly waters of Dunnet Bay.
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  • August 21, 2017
    The true most Northerly point on mainland Britain. Magnificent views, few people, loads of birds and NO ice cream van! Sit there and watch the world go by - wrap up warm though! Amazing place - beats ...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Magnificent and unspoiled most northerly point in mainland Britain. Free parking and extraordinary views of Orkney. Nice bit of single track for motorcyclists.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Give the commercial John O'Groats a wide berth and visit Dunnet Head instead after all this is the most northerly piece of the UK mainland not the other place. A couple of miles of the main road linki...  more »
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  • As far north as you can go in Scotland. A little shed telling you all about the birds you can see there. Honesty selling. Beautiful views.
  • Learned a lot here. The view is spectacular!
  • Crazy windy. Hold on to your hats. :-) wonderful View of the Orkney islands on a clear day
  • This was visited off season so there wasn't the usual crowd, so easily able to park. The buildings were impressive and the I'm formation plaques were invaluable
  • Great views. A must see, certainly if you're taking a tour of Scotland.

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