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Dunnet Head

"Most northerly point of mainland Britain."
Sketch map of Dunnet Head, showing position of Easter Head
Dunnet Head view, Scotland. Rocks are the Old Red Sandstone.

Dunnet Head (Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Dùnaid) is a peninsula in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland, that includes the most northerly point of the mainland of Great Britain. The point, known as Easter Head, is at (grid reference ), about 18 km (11 mi) west-northwest of John o' Groats and about 20 km (12 mi) from Duncansby Head. Dunnet Head can be seen also as the western limit of the Pentland Firth on the firth's southern, or Caithness, side (Duncansby Head is the eastern limit).

The headland's boundary with the rest of the Scottish mainland can be defined as a north-south line running from Little Clett () to the mouth of Dunnet Burn () in Dunnet Bay. This line is followed along most of its route by a single track road, the B855, which links Brough with the village of Dunnet, making this the most northerly road on mainland Britain. From this line, the headland projects westward and northward into the Atlantic Ocean and the Pentland Firth and shelters the more southerly waters of Dunnet Bay.

The peninsula is east of the burgh of Thurso, and on a clear day, it affords excellent views of the islands Stroma to the east, and Hoy and the Orkney Mainland, 15 km (9 miles) away to the north, across the Pentland Firth.

Near the Dunnet Head lighthouse are minor fortifications built during World War II to protect the naval base at Scapa Flow, including a Chain Home Low radar station and a bunker used by the Royal Observer Corps during the Cold War. Burifa Hill on Dunnet Head was the site of the master station and a monitoring station of the northern GEE chain of radio navigation stations during World War II. There was also an artillery range on Dunnet Head during WWII.


  • Angling 1
  • Information centre 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4


Dunnet Head lochs are restocked every two years with brown trout fry; fishing by permit is between April and early October. Day and week permits are available from CH Haygarth & Sons, Gun & Rifle Makers, on the A836 in the village of Dunnet.

Information centre

Dunnet Head Information Centre was north-northwest of Brough on the B855, but is now closed down, and the nearest Tourist Information is in Thurso.

See also

External links

  • Dunnet Head Educational Trust
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