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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  • To an extent it may depend a lot on the variable Scottish weather that you have when you visit, but for us all I can say is WOW! Is probably the most spectacular seascape that I've ever seen. We were ...  more »
  • Beautiful views, bit very windy and wet! If you are elderly and cant walk then this is not the place for you unless you have a great wheel chair and a kind person to push you, but try not to miss out ...  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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