Dunnet Head & Bay

Highland | Dunnet | Headland & beach | ★★★

[Dunnet Head lighthouse, Orkney beyond]

From the sweeping, sandy surfer's paradise of Dunnet Bay, a narrow road leads north through the scattered settlement of Brough, then across moorland sprinkled with lochans. Dunnet Head is the destination - a remote lighthouse, unspoilt headland, seasonal puffins and superb views all make a visit here worthwhile, but something else is drawing the motor homes and sightseers. Indeed, Dunnet Head's claim to fame is that it's the furthest north you can go on the British mainland: 835 miles by fastest road from The Lizard, Dunnet Head's southernmost counterpart. The views out to sea, however, will remind you that Scotland doesn't end here, with Orkney's delights only a few miles away across the Pentland Firth.

[Dunnet Bay]

Location & info

📌 Dunnet Bay ★★
Off the A836 immediately south of Dunnet. Visitor centre is at G.R.: ND 219705 ///youngest.scatters.unhelpful
Always open. Visitor centre: daily except Wednesday and Saturday, May to September | Free

📌 Dunnet Head ★★★
At the B855 road end, 4 mi north of Dunnet, G.R.: ND 203768 ///otter.munch.lightbulb
Always open | Free

[View east from Dunnet Head]


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