Walk: Stacks of Duncansby drama

[Stacks of Duncansby]

Duncansby Head is the furthest north-east you can travel in Scotland without taking to a boat. This rocky point is ten times more scenic than nearby John o' Groats, yet probably visited by ten times fewer people. Fewer still follow the coastal path south, on which after a mile's walk you're rewarded with the headland's crowning glory: the magnificent, twin Stacks of Duncansby, shaped like sails of ships dashed against the high cliffs here. Take the time to view the stacks from all (safe) angles, as well as exploring the other minor headlands and geos en route from the car park. Large quantities of sheep ensure the grassed terrain is kept well-cropped, albeit also producing large quantities of the smelly brown stuff to tread in.

[View over John o' Groats from Duncansby Head]

Name: Walk: Stacks of Duncansby drama ★★☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 100 metres
Points of interest: Duncansby Head; Thirle Door arch; Stacks of Duncansby
Start / finish: Car park at Duncansby Head, 2 miles east of John o' Groats, G.R.: ND 405733 / accordion secretly acting

Route: Start & Duncansby Head - Thirle Door arch - Stacks of Duncansby - return by outward route or similar
Terrain: A choice of grassy paths on short grass above cliffs.
Wildlife today: Lots of sheep; fulmars, fulmar chicks and several seals.
Weather today: Dry with sunny spells and a moderate breeze, with rain showers far out to sea.

[Stacks of Duncansby]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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