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“Stacks of Duncansby”
Review of Duncansby Head

Duncansby Head
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US$18.72*
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

Skip John o Groats and head here, wonderful wonderful place and when we were there we never saw another soul, truly spectacular

5  Thank ickyacky
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

Go May /June and you will be rewarded with seabird city! Fulmars, kittiewake, guiliemots, razorbills and the nasty Skua!( Also a few puffin) Walk round by the fence and look down into the geos to see birds ( also sea caves and stacks)...FANTASTIC!! Path goes along cliff, past stacks and further along where there are brilliant views over cliffs. If you go in October look on the pebble beach and you will see loads of seal pups!

4  Thank ac w
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

So what’s special about this place? To arrive here one has to take a trip through the highlands and along the coast of Scotland - and that’s special!

The community of John O’Groats is small and scattered, with the focal point represented by the car park, cafe and harbour. Along the road is a post office, a mile or two away and high on a hill is the lighthouse at Duncansby Head . . . and that’s about it.

This corner of the world will be attractive whatever the time of year, but ‘out of season’ is fine too, if you have a mind to go there.

Road access is good. It is a desolate location, high, bleak and windswept. If you like that sort of thing it’s a place to visit. The single-track road is excellent, all things considered, but demands attention; the views are impressive, don’t get distracted. No crash barriers, they would spoil the scenery, but driving off the hard surface could put you in deep trouble, so take great care. No formal attractions exist here, save for the essential lighthouse, and crowds should be non-existent too.

Layers of warm clothing are necessary in cold weather and protective shell garments essential. Rugged footwear would be useful if planning to do any walking beyond the car park.

Visiting this remote spot would be to pause on a journey of exploration around a very beautiful and under-rated part of the British Isles. It should not be seen only as an end in itself. Add it to your list.

4  Thank EllieMaesgrandad
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Great to see with beautiful views, clear views on a sunny day with as far as the eye can see across to Scapa flow, Orkney's and other surrounding islands!

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

This is the most Northerly point on mainland GB and it’s worth a visit just for a photo next to the sign. There are lovely views across the sea and you can see the Orkney Islands. There are also the sea stacks to look at, which are rather interesting. The weather was so poor when we were there we didn’t walk that far (also have to keep dogs on leads, just because it’s all cliffs). I would not bother with John O’Groats at all (there is nothing there unless you need the toilet; well a gift shop and a café – even the famous sign isn’t there anymore. You have to ring a local who will fetch the sign out and charge you to take your picture with it).

Thank SLKYorkshire
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