Duncansby Head

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Duncansby Stacks, rock pinnacles south of Duncansby Head

Duncansby Head is the headland terminating the northeast corner of Caithness and thus the most north-easterly point of the mainland of Great Britain, beyond even the famous John o' Groats.[1] The headland juts into the North Sea, with the Pentland Firth to its north and west and the Moray Firth to its south.

Duncansby Head Lighthouse

The point is marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse, built by David Alan Stevenson in 1924.[2]

A minor public road leads from John o' Groats to Duncansby Head, which makes Duncansby Head the farthest point by road from Land's End.

The Duncansby Head Site of Special Scientific Interest includes the four-mile stretch of coast south to Skirza Head. It includes the Duncansby Stacks, a set of prominent sea stacks just off the coast.[3]


  1. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1862). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 3. Neill and Company. p. 499. 
  2. "Duncansby Head Lighthouse". The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. http://lighthousemuseum.org.uk/galleries/named-d-f/duncansby-head-lighthouse/. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  3. Site of Special Scientific Interest citation