Trip Planner: Europe / UK / Scotland / Scottish Highlands / Caithness and Sutherland / John O'Groats / Duncansby Head
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.For Duncansby Head and beyond, use our John O'Groats travel route planning website to get the most from your John O'Groats vacation.
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.
Tours to Duncansby Head
John o’Groats and Duncansby Head Day Trip from Inverness BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $59
Duration: 10 hours
Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $18
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Duncansby Head Reviews
There is an area of free paved parking and then a walk along the cliff paths to reveal the view. Although it was dry when we visited the ground underfoot was quite boggy -sturdy footwear recommended! more »
This is a nice view from the top when the weather does not close in. It's a 5 mile drive from the main road to the top, but well worth it. We did it in our motorhome so access is good for the NC500 tr... 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!
Places to stay near Duncansby Head
Plan your trip to John O'Groats
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in John O'Groats
Plans to Duncansby Head by other users
20 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM BELGIUM June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in United Kingdom, Ireland & Paris BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 43 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Dornoch BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM KUWAIT June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium