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Duncansby Head, its stacks and its lighthouse

Posted: December 7th, 2017 | Posted in: General News

One thing is for sure, there are plenty of amazing places to see and explore in Scotland. This is particularly true in the Highlands where there are rugged and dramatic landscapes that you just have to see to believe.

A must see on the list is Duncansby Head. But what makes this particular place so special amongst all the other places?

The basics about Duncansby Head

The most north-easterly part of the mainland of Scotland, Dunscansby Head is a truly fascinating place to visit. A coastal region it is close to Caithness and John O’ Groats, which is a popular tourist destination.

A popular reason that people decide to visit Dunscanby Head is that it is located on a clifftop. This means that there are beautiful views across the sea that make for the ideal photo opportunity. Whilst John O’ Groats may be a popular tourist destination and one that is often bustling with people, Duncansby Head is a natural and untouched beauty spot and it gives you a real taste of Scotland!

The stacks of Dunscanby Head

Scotland is packed full of amazing natural wonders and the stacks at Duncansby Head are one that should definitely be on the list. Whilst they are not accessible on foot, you can still take in the amazing views of the stacks from the clifftops. These natural rock formations stand out from the sea and make a fascinating place to take pictures and enjoy the rugged beauty that Scotland has to offer.

The Duncansby Head lighthouse

One of the most iconic images within Duncansby Head has to be the beautiful Lighthouse that you will find there. Built in 1924, it has stood on the clifftop since then. It is reached by a small public road and you can drive from John O’Groats to the lighthouse itself, making it the furthest mainland point in the UK.

Made from concrete, this lighthouse may have been around for almost 100 years, but it still fits in with a modern landscape. Fully functional and with a 22 nautical mile radius, this is more than just a must-see landmark in the Scottish Highlands.

So, now you know, Dunscanby Head might not be the busiest tourist attraction, but it is a fascinating place to visit in the Scottish Highlands. As always, if you are looking for the ideal place to stay whilst you explore places just like Duncansby Head, then here at Mackays you will find it. A welcoming atmosphere, a comfortable place to stay and some truly delicious local food. You can’t get better than Mackays.


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