Duncansby Head, John O'Groats

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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  • 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 »
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  • 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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