Did you know this is mainland Britain’s most northerly point?
Distance from Mey House: 6 Miles
Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/FrNP8C4cRV42
Protruding from the top of the country and clearly visible from Mey House is the imposing and remote Dunnet Head. It is covered in peat moorlands, pock marked with fresh water lochs and crowned by a lighthouse that warns shipping entering the Pentland Firth that its 300ft cliffs and associated reefs are best avoided.
Dunnet Head is many things to many people. If you are a fly fisherman then the lochs are well stocked with brown trout (fishing permits are required), if its ‘twitching’ that takes your fancy then the moorland and cliffs are home to an amazing array of birdlife (Skylarks, Puffins, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Guillemots and Scarfs to name just a few). Perhaps you prefer to spot for dolphins or Orca – if so then Dunnet Head with its commanding ocean view is a great place to do so.
If wildlife is not your thing, then perhaps the abandoned remains of the World War 2 radar station and Cold War bunker perched at the highest point might be more to your taste? For walkers there is a great cliff edge walk all the way from Dwarwick pier in the south west right up to the tip of Dunnet Head and then on around its eastern flank though beware that there are no safety fences at all!
Maybe all this sounds far too energetic for you? If it does then the more leisurely activity of taking in the views can be recommended, as from Dunnet Head you can see right along the entire north coast of Scotland and across the Pentland Firth to Orkney. In the spring and summer it is a super place to watch the sun set and in winter it is the ideal platform to gape at the star studded Milky Way and colourful Northern Lights.
Perhaps all you want from Dunnet Head is a photo to prove you’ve been there in which case there is an inscribed obelisk signifying that you have reached the most northern point in mainland Britain. And it’s right next to the car park so you don’t even have to walk very far!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Follow the signs off the A836 either just past the magnificent sandy beach at Dunnet Bay or at the Barrock crossroad located about 10 miles west of John O’Groats. There are no visitor facilities at the Head though there are toilets at the Seadrift centre located at the far eastern end of Dunnet Bay (open during the summer only).
GREAT FOR: The views and the wildlife.
RECOMMENDATION: Watch the sunset from the cliff edge just south of the car park!