Duncansby Head
Duncansby Head
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  • Michelle & Scott
    Lancing, United Kingdom689 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic views.
    A 15 walk from car park. Nice walk. Pass cliffs with birds nesting in - worth stopping and looking on route. Fantastic viewpoint. Walk back is slightly uphill. Definitely worth a stop for some great photos.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Max B
    Basel, Switzerland214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant visit with breathtaking views.
    Based on reviews in guide books we did not expect too much of this place. However, we were pleasantly surprised. The most north-eastern place of the British mainland is a beautiful spot and well worth while to be visited. We made a very nice walk along the coast to see the stacks, those stone towers in the ocean. The views are breathtaking. I highly recommend this visit particularly if the weather is nice ans sunny!!!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Ayrdiver
    Bowmore, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Stunning!
    Duncansby head is an amazing natural phenomenon, two large pinnacles standing from the clear blue water of the bay. Wildlife galore on the cliff leading to the pinnacles and on them too. A nice easy walk from the carpark, well worth the (limited) effort
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • geismom
    Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania1,877 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy Walk to View
    These stacks were awesome to view, and it did not take much effort. We had walked out to see the Stoer Stacks earlier in the week, (which was a confusing, LONG walk), so I was a bit concerned about what to expect. But this experience was awesome. One can choose to admire from a distance, or travel along, closer, to get a different view. Definitely a must do if you have a beautiful day in this area.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
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Samantha D
Fife, UK300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The walk is across a field with sheep so keep dogs on a lead, it takes 5-10mins so not far from the car parking. As we got closer to the edge of the field there is a sheer drop but has a fence around it. There's the option to go through a small iron gate which has a rope attached to it for people to go down to the shore. We did this and it was easy enough to get up and down using it. Seals joined us at the bottom and we scrambled along the big rocks to the end of the 'beach'. Pretty scenery and a good short walk
Written August 9, 2020
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BarbaraRiekwel
Coatbridge, UK741 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
From the carpark it is a 10 minute walk to the first and I think most used view point. You will get great pictures from that point but we kept walking all the way up to where the fence ends. You can then go through a gate and walk further on as well just be careful on a windy day😄. We were there on a nice warm day and really enjoyed the walk and the views. Heaven knows how many pictures I have taken. Before you get to the first view point, you walk past a large cliff with lots of birds nesting there which I enjoyed watching. A bit further along you can get down to the beach via quite a steep path and rope.
Written August 26, 2020
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redsgothenburg
Fort William, UK648 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We parked at John O’Groats and embarked on the coastal path, first to Duncansby Lighthouse and then on to the stacks. It is a relatively short walk, you catch glimpses of the lighthouse from the start. Initially you walk at sea level past a couple of unspoilt beaches with excellent views across to Stroma and the Orkney Islands. You then climb gradually to the lighthouse. Do not turn back now the best is yet to come, 15-20 minutes along high cliff tops. On the way to the impressive offshore stacks, depending on time of year you may see Puffins, Seals, even Dolphins and Whales. We were confined to seals and a variety of seabirds, not Puffins sadly. However it is an excellent walk along the cliff tops with plenty of photo opportunities of the stacks. Bring your own picnic, this is nature at its wildest. Return by the same route, although there are some direct short cuts. Not to be missed!
Written May 19, 2021
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Max B
Basel, Switzerland214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Based on reviews in guide books we did not expect too much of this place. However, we were pleasantly surprised. The most north-eastern place of the British mainland is a beautiful spot and well worth while to be visited. We made a very nice walk along the coast to see the stacks, those stone towers in the ocean. The views are breathtaking. I highly recommend this visit particularly if the weather is nice ans sunny!!!!!
Written August 1, 2023
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Brian7392
Milngavie, UK1,300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The most north westerly point in the UK, expect there to be wind, lots of it...!!! There is a well trodden path down to the rock piles and some wooden planks in part but watch your feet in wet weather as it can be quite slippery. It is well worth the walk though.
Written November 10, 2020
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LittleScottishTreasures - Magical Tours
Dunfermline, UK365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Duncansby Head.

These great tooth shaped rocks thrusting out of the North Sea are called the 'Duncansby Stacks' and are a sanctuary for sea birds at the very tip of the North East of Scotland.

A walk from the 100 year old lighthouse along the cliff tops reveal a striking area of land which dramatically plummets to the sea, below all kinds of sea birds swoop and dive while grey seals occasionally stick their heads out of the water to scan the coast.

Farther out, the occasional fishing boat, cargo ship or whale pod passes between the cliffs and the ‘Beatrice offshore wind farm’, capable of powering more than 450,000 homes and taking a step closer to Scotland’s Negative carbon targets.
As well as natural wonder and ambitious engineering, this area also boasts some magical legends, with scenery like this, in the land called Scotland, storytelling of mythical creatures is inevitable.
Written May 12, 2021
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7Leila
London, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Free car park with no facilities next to the lighthouse. Cca 10 minutes walk to the edge of the rocks (fenced around so felt safe with small children) where you can see the breathtaking view of the Duncansby Stacks rock formations. Great photo opportunities, we were lucky with the weather. It was windy but it probably always is. Highly recommended if you are in the area.
Written April 12, 2023
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Melsy1
Ipswich, UK4,317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We parked at the free car park at Duncansby Head next to the lighthouse.  From there you can walk along the coastal path towards the Stacks. It was a misty day when we visited but between the mist moving we were able to view them and enjoyed the walk. Wear sensible shoes as lots of sheep poo about.
We walked directly opposite the Stacks but the best view is probably seen before you reach them providing the mist disappears. Its about a 30 minute walk to see them.
Certainly worth having a look especially after the disappointment of a visit to John o groats just a few minutes drive away.  Let's hope the use the £2 parking charge there to improve the area. Take a visit here over that for sure.
Lots of local bird life in the area too making their home on the rocky stacks.
Written October 5, 2021
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Marcin Walczak
Edinburgh, UK496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
This walk could be started from different places, including car park next to the lighthouse near Duncansby Head, but we did it directly from John O'Groats. Walking with young kids it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes one way from the car park at John O'Groats and path is very easy to follow.

The path takes alongside the shore line where Groatie Buckies can be found on the Shell Beach. Terrain goes slightly higher up when approaching Duncansby Head but it is not difficult to walk even for young kids. Walking past the lighthouse about half mile further the Duncansby Stacks can be seen from the top of cliffs. It's spectacular finale for a nice walk.
Written July 4, 2021
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK1,021 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Situated just northeast of John O'Groats, Duncansby Head is the most north easterly part of both the Scottish and British mainlands. 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 in 1924. An interesting fact is the small public road leading from John o' Groats to Duncansby Head, makes Duncansby Head the farthest point by road from Land's End.
Written November 17, 2021
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