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 . Although Easter Head is the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland, the northernmost point of Scotland 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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  • 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 »
  • Magnificent and unspoiled most northerly point in mainland Britain. Free parking and extraordinary views of Orkney. Nice bit of single track for motorcyclists.  more »
  • 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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  • Unique location ...on the head of the land surrounded by sea views but it can be windy. I imagine it would be beautiful on a sunny day . Great helpful staff at rspb and the lighthouse. We saw gannets diving. You can visit the lighthouse too and good cafe nearby. Warning ...be careful which way you park as the wind blew car door open causing 500 pound worth of damage!!
  • Great place for photography, if you get the weather. I was asked if I had seen any birds around - nope, nuttin'... nada... must have been their day off.
  • There isn't masses here and you can't actually access the lighthouse. However, it's worth it to be able to say you've visited the most northerly point on the UK mainland. Pretty views and access to local walks along the cliffs.
  • Spectacular views and plenty of walking. Free parking. The most northerly point on the mainland and well worth a visit for the views.
  • Beautiful spot. Actually the real most northern point. Not too touristy. Put it on your list for authenticity

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