Dunnet Head is situated 121 miles north of
Inverness, 14 miles west of John O Groats.
Dunnet Head is the furthest North Point in
Scotland. John O Groats is the furthest north
Village. Dunnet Head is now a Nature Reserve
that can be visited any time free of charge.
Postcode: KW14 8XS.
Click On Map for area Attractions
Camping & Touring Parks in
Other attractions close by are Mary Ann's
Cottage at Dunnet Village 5 miles south,
Centre 7 miles south, Castle of Mey 8 miles
east, and Duncansby Head
16 miles east for Cliffs and Sea Stacks.
The image top is of the Dunnet Head car park
next to the Lighthouse.
The second image shows the sign stating:
Dunnet Head, Most Northerly Point of Mainland
The Lighthouse has great views across to the
Orkney Islands, just under 7 miles from this
The Cliffs on the west side are the highest,
a popular area for Photos with birds such as
Puffins, Razorbills, and Guillemots.
The Cliffs on the east side are not as high,
but give good views east to John O Groats and
Duncansby Head, furthest northeast point in
The Lochs at Dunnet Head are stocked with
Brown Trout for Angling. Website
Dunnet Head History
1831 - the Lighthouse was built to designs
of Robert Stevenson.
1940s - small fortifications were built
during World War II to help protect the vast
Naval Base at Scapa Flow on
the Orkney Islands. These included a Radar
Station, Bunker, and an Artillery Range. The
military buildings are now un-used.
1989 - the Lighthouse was automated.