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Duncansby Head

Enjoy superb coastal walks and marvel at the views from this headland located at the most northeasterly point of mainland Britain.

Get ready to be enthralled by an edge-of-the-world sensation at Duncansby Head. This dramatic headland sits at the far northeastern corner of the Scottish mainland. Come to Duncansby Head to earn the bragging rights of having stood at the edge of Great Britain. Admire breathtaking natural surroundings, stroll over coastal cliffs, see huge colonies of seabirds and take memorable photos.

At the tip of the head is Duncansby Head Lighthouse, which sets the scene for unforgettable panoramas. Stand near the lighthouse and gaze north across the deep-blue water of the Pentland Firth. Spot the Orkney archipelago and the lighthouse on Muckle Skerry, one of the Pentland Skerries islands. Look west toward the village of John O’Groats and Dunnet Head.

Experience more inspiring scenery on a clifftop walk along a natural trail, which runs south from the headland to Skirza village. Stop to appreciate a collection of sea stacks called the Duncansby Stacks in addition to caves and rock clefts. Note how the stacks rise out of the water in pyramid shapes and reach heights of up to 197 feet (60 meters).

The ledges of the eroded cliffs provide a natural nesting ground for various seabirds. Look for guillemots, puffins and razorbills among some of the visible species. The best time for bird-watching is between April and July.

The headland is 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) east of John O’Groats. Free parking is available at the headland. You can also walk from John O’Groats to Duncansby Head across the area’s grassy clifftops. Allow about 90 minutes if you decide to reach the head on foot.

The terrain around Duncansby Head is rugged with some wet and muddy patches. Take care when standing at the cliff edges as the ground can be slippery. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing, especially in the winter months. During the warmer summer months this is a great place to bring your own food and enjoy a scenic picnic.


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Seaview Hotel

County Road, John O'Groats, Wick, Scotland
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Wick, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Duncansby Head and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle of Mey and Dunnet Bay Distillery. Dunnet Bay Beach is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away.

    Jog 2 Bedroom Lodge 15
    Jog 2 Bedroom Lodge 15

    Jog 2 Bedroom Lodge 15

    John O'Groats, Wick, Scotland
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Wick, this eco-friendly cottage is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Duncansby Head and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle of Mey and Dunnet Bay Distillery. Dunnet Bay Beach is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) away.

      Jog Lodge 19 - 3 Bed £274
      Jog Lodge 19 - 3 Bed

      Jog Lodge 19 - 3 Bed

      John O'Groats, Wick, Scotland
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Wick, this eco-friendly cottage is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Duncansby Head and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle of Mey and Dunnet Bay Distillery. Dunnet Bay Beach is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) away.

        Jog Lodge 18 - 3 Bed Sea-view
        Jog Lodge 18 - 3 Bed Sea-view

        Jog Lodge 18 - 3 Bed Sea-view

        John O'Groats, Wick, Scotland
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Wick, this guesthouse is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Duncansby Head and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle of Mey and Dunnet Bay Distillery. Dunnet Bay Beach is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) away.

          Lodge 13 - 3 Bed
          Lodge 13 - 3 Bed

          Lodge 13 - 3 Bed

          John O'Groats, Wick, Scotland
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Wick, this eco-friendly cottage is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Duncansby Head and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle of Mey and Dunnet Bay Distillery. Dunnet Bay Beach is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) away.

            Jog Lodge 12 - 3 Bed Sea-view
            Jog Lodge 12 - 3 Bed Sea-view

            Jog Lodge 12 - 3 Bed Sea-view

            John O'Groats, Wick, Scotland
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Wick, this guesthouse is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Duncansby Head and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle of Mey and Dunnet Bay Distillery. Dunnet Bay Beach is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) away.

              Jog Lodge 20 - 3 Bed Sea-view
              Jog Lodge 20 - 3 Bed Sea-view

              Jog Lodge 20 - 3 Bed Sea-view

              John O'Groats, Wick, Scotland
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Wick, this cottage is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Duncansby Head and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle of Mey and Dunnet Bay Distillery. Dunnet Bay Beach is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) away.

                Jog Lodge 5 - 3 Bed
                Jog Lodge 5 - 3 Bed

                Jog Lodge 5 - 3 Bed

                John O'Groats, Wick, Scotland
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Wick, this eco-friendly guesthouse is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Duncansby Head and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle of Mey and Dunnet Bay Distillery. Dunnet Bay Beach is 11.6 mi (18.6 km) away.