Dunnet Head
Dunnet Head
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Tim C
Cambridge, UK6 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
With 4 hours to kill between the ferry from the Orkneys and the train south from Thurso, well worth the money to get a taxi out to Dunnet Head - and Rashid from Highland Cabs gave us a fascinating tour en route with lots of local history and nature knowledge.
Fabulous views of puffins and other seabirds crowding the cliffs at 'seabird city'. Hop over the fence to the left of the lighthouse and peer over the curve of the cliff 30m on. You need a head for heights and take care.
Written June 20, 2021
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DaveyB1962
Swindon, UK222 contributions
Jun 2021
The most northerly point on mainland Britain and far superior to 'tacky' John O'Groats.
The seascapes are amazing.
Just two points of caution.
1. You are very exposed to the elements
2. The drive up is on a single track road with a few tight bends
Written July 8, 2021
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KevinP1314
Monifieth, UK1,949 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Drove up to our northern most mainland point with my wife during a quick circuit of the highlands on the NC500 and almost had the car doors blown off. Yet we laughed at the madness of the wild wind buffeting the cliff scape on this particular day.
An awesome vista where ocean meets cliffs.
Written November 19, 2020
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Anna Kerr
Bristol, UK13 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Made the trip out to Dunnet Head RSPB in the hope of spotting a few puffins or other sea birds. After reading the accessibility statement on the RSPB website (one of our party uses a wheelchair) I was disappointed to find that although the path to the observation point was accessible, there were then several steps down. The observation point itself is rather small - but having said that we did see some lovely birds. Unfortunately there are no toilet facilities - a shame considering how far away the nearest facilities are. Parking is ample and the suggested charges are very reasonable and the ticket machine accepts cash and cards.
Written June 8, 2022
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Louise C
27 contributions
Oct 2021
Worth doing but even on a dull foggy day it was atmospheric. Can only imagine what the views would be like on a beautiful autumnal day. Never mind. Took a photograph of the stone sign proving that we were at the UK's most northerly point. Another bucket list destination ticked. Good to stretch the legs and take a wander.
Written October 29, 2021
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BarbaraRiekwel
Coatbridge, UK492 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Good single track road with stunning scenery up to Dunnet head. There is a short path to the cliff views and a slightly longer path (uphill but not much of an effort) to the summit where you have spectacular 360 views. It was a very pleasant sunny day and you could even see the old man of Hoy on the Orkneys. I actually liked John O’Groats but you can’t skip the real most Northerly point of mainland Britain, really spectacular!
Take your time on the single track road, plenty people realising too late there is oncoming traffic when they come thundering round the bends with passing places😆 reverse!
Written August 26, 2020
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David A
Middlesbrough, UK139 contributions
Oct 2020
Its about a 10 minute drive off the main road to a large enough car park, though the influx of camper vans soon fills it up. Great views (but lots more similar or better views along the route) and unless you want to go for a long walk there's not much else to do other than say you have been there. We stayed for about 20 minutes walking to the edge and up the hill and then it was off. Been there "Dunnet" one ticked off.
Written October 20, 2020
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Stephen C
Wollongong, Australia758 contributions
May 2022
Spied this landmark and opted to drive up for a Captain Cook, as not to out of the way. Was pretty blowy and a light drizzle and cold. Reasonable views given the conditions. The additional information around war time use was an added bonus
Would be really nice on a sunny clear day.
Written May 15, 2022
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Mike C
Guildford, UK1,166 contributions
Aug 2021
Compared to John O'Groats this is positively quiet for some reason. There is a decent sized car park and then a pathway leading you down to a place to look out.

It has a lovely lighthouse just by it, but you cannot get to it.

Given the crowds there were at John O'Groats it is amazing how that place is so much popular than the most northern point of the UK mainland. I guess because it doesn't have a sign!
Written August 28, 2021
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Melsy1
Ipswich, UK3,730 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
A tick in the box to go to the most northern point of mainland Britain.
It was a misty foggy September day. When we arrived the lighthouse was peaking out from behind the Dunnet Head sign. By the time we left you wouldn't even know that there was an lighthouse there it was such thick fog.
We couldn't see what was meant to be seen from the viewpoints but we did take a misty walk along the cliffs which was good. Plenty of sea birds unfortunately we were too late to see the Puffins.
Mostly single track road there and you can't actually visit the lighthouse shame about the weather when we were there not to see the v views but it actually made it a bit atmospheric.
Written October 3, 2021
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