Duncansby Head, Scotland

Duncansby Head is known for many things, perhaps most importantly for the gorgeous scenery, which includes the Duncansby Stacks shown here. You have to hike in about a mile (or two), which is a beautiful walk along the shore. But you'll need to spend your time gazing at your feet to avoid the sheep droppings! Can  you see the little hole in the first stack? It's called Thirle Door. Don't ask me why.

Here's another view of the dramatic coastline.

Despite the awesome views, including the Hebrides across the way, the land is so undeveloped that it's used for grazing sheep.

Duncansby Head is also known for its lighthouse, built by one of the famous Stevenson family lighthouse engineers. The family also includes the author Robert Louis Stevenson.

Finally, this area is known for being the furthest point north on the mainland of Great Britain. Popularly, the actual point is known as John O'Groats, and here's the well-known signpost.

Technically, however, the official point is at Dunnet's Head, which we visited in a downpour so I didn't get a great photo. Despite the less than ideal weather, the natural beauty of this area is awesome.

No comments: