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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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Duncansby Head Reviews
The wild moorland on the way to Duncansby Head reminded me of Bodmin Moor and the moorland Pennines. There was easy free parking when I visited but the light house appeared empty and closed off, with.... more »
Let me start by saying that seeing the Duncansby Stacks is a highlight of the NC500 and should be done even if it’s a bit of a walk for some. Duncansby Head is no distance at all from John O’Groats..... more »
Fantastic views around. The lighthouse is not accessible. There is a huge fens around and everything locked. Website says that there is a gift shop, but I could not find it. Very disappointed.
Impressive views over the north eastern most point of Scotland and the two spires are just awe inspiring. Definitely take the time to walk to the end, it's worth it!
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