Talk:Dunnet Head

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I'm fairly certain that the lighthouse isn't 345 feet tall! I seem to remember being told that it was 60' top to bottom. The top might be 345' high above sea level? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:51, 9 September 2009 (UTC)


I note the pink-green boundary in the sketch map does not quite link Little Clett with the mouth of Dunnet Burn. And I believe the Clett-Burn line is that of a geological fault. Laurel Bush 09:31, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC).

Good point, I'll tidy it up when I get time. — PMcM 12:55, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Cheers. In other respects I really like the sketch. Laurel Bush 13:02, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC).

Hi, I fixed it, and I think uploaded it, but I guess it's got cached somewhere along the way, because I can't see it any different yet. — PMcM 13:15, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Photo of cliffs[edit]

Is the view of cliffs one looking west from the region of Easter Head? When was it taken? Laurel Bush 09:37, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC).

Exactly, looking west, just west of the lighthouse. Taken in 2002. The ugly fence got in the way :-( Have you been there recently ? Lysy 11:43, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

May be two years or more since my last visit, but I think I might be seeing Cape Wrath in the photo. Laurel Bush 12:33, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC).


I'm not sure that changing all the instances of Britain and the like to Scotland has necessarily improved the article. While it's true that Dunnet Head's the most northerly point of Scotland I think it's better (and more impressive in a dumb sort of way) to highlight that it's the most northerly point on the whole UK mainland.

It's equally valid (I think) to change all the instances of Scotland to Caithness, but then you get to the point of thinking "Why is there an article about this"? I think that going with the UK version highlights why Dunnet Head is being written about more clearly, without being an attempt 'de-Scottish-ify' it.

Was there anything actually wrong with the old UK version? It'd be a bit weird if the Lands End article talked only about England. I've put it back to UK at the top for now, and added a bit about where Dunnet Head actually is, noting that it's in Scotland. Anyone else have any thoughts on this one? — pmcm 22:55, 23 August 2005 (UTC)

You're totally right. It's far more notable than the southernmost point in Scotland, for exactly that reason. Salopian (talk) 13:03, 6 August 2010 (UTC)

End to End Records and the relevance of Dunnet Head/Easter Head[edit]

It's strange that popular opinion seems to favour Land's End and John o' Groats as the extreme points of mainland Great Britain as it appears to me that The Lizard and Dunnet Head have an equally valid claim, being the extreme southerly and northerly points of mainland Great Britain. One wonders if popular opinion was led by locally engendered commercialism or the other way around as both Land's End and John o' Groats are now places that exploit visitors because of their claim to be the extreme ends of Great Britain, quite unlike the Dunnet Head, although The Lizard does have more discreet commercialism on show than either Land's End or John o' Groats. So why has no one attempted records between The Lizard and Easter Head, I wonder ?

It seems unfortunate that the issue of Dunnet Head is somewhat clouded by the uncertainty about its claim as, I understand, the name is that of an entire peninsula and not its most northerly promontory, which is Easter Head, upon which stands the lighthouse. Likewise there can be no doubt that The Lizard, a true promontory - also with a lighthouse, is Great Britain's most southerly point.

In the circumstances "disambiguation" - as you call it - is essential to a proper understanding of the claim to be the most northerly point of mainland Great Britain. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:02, 19 July 2009 (UTC)