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We ventured out to Duncansby head when we were on our way to Castle May and after doing a drive thru John o’ Groats I’m very please that we did.
Talk about wild weather! Sitting in the rental car in the car park at the...More
We arrived in the mid-afternoon and found parking easily. Surprisingly we were surrounded by sheep. We then walked along the cliff tops towards the Duncansby Stacks. These are amazing natural phenomena. The vista is wondrous and we were surprised to see the Orkney Islands beginning...More
What a treat for the eyes. The views are wonderful. The winding road up to the light house gives you a hint of the views to come. You can see the Orkney Islands on a clear day and Dunnets head. As you park on the...More
The road to Duncansby Head comes out of John O'Groats a short distance.
After parking, you have to make a 300-400 walk down the hill to get a good view of the stacks. Along the way there is a crack between two cliffs, where there...More
I can only recommend a trip to the Duncansby Head. The drive is slightly complicated as it is a one lane road. However, all traffic is aware and helpful in both directions. Once there it is hard to take the eyes away from the scenery...More
We went via a narrow road to the car park at Duncansby head There is parking there, but no other facilities. You do however get good views there, and if you walk up to the nearby trig point you can also see the stacks of...More
Response from Bronwen G | Reviewed this property |
What a lovely walk you're planning...but the main attraction is between the lighthouse and the stacks (not between John O and the lighthouse. So be sure to pace yourself so that you can walk the latter part of the... More
What a lovely walk you're planning...but the main attraction is between the lighthouse and the stacks (not between John O and the lighthouse. So be sure to pace yourself so that you can walk the latter part of the journey.
The walk from John O Groats to lighthouse is anywhere between 45-60 minutes. And if you walk along the coast even longer. I would advise driving this leg. There is a car park at the lighthouse; so parking is no problem.
Then for the main attraction; walk from the lighthouse to the very last stack; which will take a good hour at a comfortable pace. There are a few stacks; so if you want to see them; count at least three or four before turning back. They're incredible!! And well worth the walk. Be sure to wrap up as it gets hella windy there and wear appropriate footwear because the grasslands are a little soddy - so ideally Wellington boots!
Enjoy! I'd do this walk again in a heartbeat. It was one of the highlights of this trip. And if you get lucky; you'll be all alone up there; and the solitude is heavenly.