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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  • So glad I ventured here while holidaying in Scotland and even visited the most NE point as well. Lovely views and the weather was lovely  more »
  • Visited on a cold, sunny afternoon and experienced the most amazing views across to the Orkney islands. This would be a great place to walk in summer and take in the vista and wide variety of bird and...  more »
  • The most northerly place in the uk and one of my favourite places to visit in Scotland. Midway between Thurso and Ogroats and a must for all who wants to go to the real most northern point of main lan...  more »
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  • Dunnet head is a great place to visit for a picnic and to admire the view over the Orkney Islands. It's easily accessible by car and is quite close to John o'Groats.There are a few interesting radar post buildings built by the Navy which are no longer in use. We didn't see any birds on our visit but we could see nesting sites along the edges which are probably packed with Puffins around the months of May and June.
  • Good for a quick stop by to see the cliffs and sea birds coming and going. View from the top is also great along the coast. Oh and of course the mandatory photo next to the stone plinth for the most northerly point of Britain.
  • Lovely scenery, free car parking and the lighthouse was cool. Although you have limited visibility of the cliffs and nesting grounds you can see a variety of bird life including puffins.
  • Recently renovated and it looks brilliant, loads of information on the birds and other wildlife around and about the lighthouse itself. Worth a visit
  • Amazing place to go and see. This is really the most northerly point on mainland Britain.
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