"Dunnet Head" Thurso Things to Do Tip by nickandchris

Thurso Things to Do: 8 reviews and 19 photos

  Spectacular cliffs at Dunnet Head.
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  • Spectacular cliffs at Dunnet Head. - Thurso
      Spectacular cliffs at Dunnet Head.
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  • Bird viewing point. - Thurso
      Bird viewing point.
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  • Dunnet Head lighthouse. - Thurso
      Dunnet Head lighthouse.
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  • Old Man of Hoy off Orkney, from Dunnet Head. - Thurso
      Old Man of Hoy off Orkney, from Dunnet Head.
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  • Orkney Mainland. - Thurso
      Orkney Mainland.
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Dunnet Head is the most northerly point of mainland Great Britain and is the place to go to view seabirds, including puffins, nesting on the 300feet cliffs.

A B road leaves the A836 at Dunnet and winds it's way up to the large car park at Dunnet Head.The lighthouse here was built in 1831 by Robert Stevenson and today is used for educational purposes.

To be honest, we were a little disappointed with our visit, access to the magnificent cliffs is very limited and is really a small viewing area of the high cliffs from where, if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of puffins.

The more interesting feature of Dunnet Head are the views from a viewpoint off to the right of the lighthouse. From here, you have panoramic views all the way round (weather permitting.) It was rather dull and hazy on our visit but we did get to see Orkney mainland and the Old man of Hoy, peering over from behind. Most impressive!

Nearby are military installations left over from WW2, including a radar station and bunker.

The headland has many small lochans, only accessible by foot where permit fishing is allowed.

Address: Dunnet, Thurso,Caithness.
Directions: Some five miles from the village of Dunnet, which is about nine miles east of Thurso.
Website: http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/dunnet/dunnet/index.html

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  • Updated Oct 16, 2011
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