Walk: Stacks of Duncansby drama

Highland | John o' Groats | Short walk | ★★★★

[Stacks of Duncansby]

Duncansby Head is the furthest northeast you can travel in Scotland without taking to a boat. This rocky point is 10 times more scenic than nearby John o' Groats, yet probably visited by 10 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. 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]

📌 Walk: Stacks of Duncansby drama ★★★★
Start / finish at Duncansby Head car park, 2 mi east of John o' Groats, G.R.: ND 405733 ///accordion.secretly.acting

▶ 3 km / 2 mi | ▲ 100 m | ⌚ Short walk | Easy
Features: Duncansby Head; Thirle Door arch; Stacks of Duncansby
Terrain: A choice of grassy paths on short grass above cliffs.

Route & map

Car park & Duncansby Head - Thirle Door arch - Stacks of Duncansby - return by outward route or similar

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Lots of sheep; fulmars, fulmar chicks and several seals.
Weather: Dry with sunny spells and a moderate breeze, with rain showers far out to sea.

[Stacks of Duncansby]


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