Duncansby Head

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Duncansby Head Lighthouse
John-o'-Groats
Duncansby Head lighthouse.JPG
Duncansby Head Lighthouse
Duncansby Head is located in Scotland
Duncansby Head
Scotland
LocationDuncansby Head
Scotland
United Kingdom
Coordinates58°38′39″N 3°01′30″W / 58.644039°N 3.025120°W / 58.644039; -3.025120Coordinates: 58°38′39″N 3°01′30″W / 58.644039°N 3.025120°W / 58.644039; -3.025120
Year first constructed1924
Automated1997 Edit this on Wikidata
Constructionconcrete tower
Tower shapesquare tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre balcony
Tower height11 m (36 ft)
Focal height67 m (220 ft)
Light sourcemains power
Intensity596,000 cd
Range22 nmi (41 km)
CharacteristicFl W 12 s
Admiralty numberA3558
NGA number3016
ARLHS numberSCO-062
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[1][2]
HeritageSite of Special Scientific Interest Edit this on Wikidata

Duncansby Head (Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Dhunngain[3] or Dùn Gasbaith[4]) is the most northeasterly part of the British mainland, slightly northeast of John o' Groats. It is located in Caithness, Highland, in north-eastern Scotland.[5] The headland juts into the North Sea, with the Pentland Firth to its north and west and the Moray Firth to its south.

Lighthouse[edit]

The point is marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse, built by David Alan Stevenson in 1924.[6]

A minor public road leads from John o' Groats to Duncansby Head,[7] which makes Duncansby Head the farthest point by road from Land's End.

The Duncansby Head Site of Special Scientific Interest includes the 6.5-kilometre (4-mile) stretch of coast south to Skirza Head. It includes the Duncansby Stacks, prominent sea stacks just off the coast.[8]

Atomic Weapon Test[edit]

In 2016, it was reported in The Sunday Post newspaper that scientists from the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldemarston had proposed a nuclear weapon test on the Stacks of Duncansby in 1953, but that the prevailing wet weather was too much for contemporary electronics and the idea was shelved.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duncansby Head The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 10 May 2016
  2. ^ Duncansby Head Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 10 May 2016
  3. ^ Gaelic and Norse in the Landscape: Placenames in Caithness and Sutherland Archived 2011-09-21 at the Wayback Machine. Scottish National Heritage.
  4. ^ http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/Gaelic/placenamesC-E.pdf
  5. ^ Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1862). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 3. Neill and Company. p. 499.
  6. ^ "Duncansby Head Lighthouse". The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. Archived from the original on 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  7. ^ "Scothighlands - How to drive to Duncansby Head from John O'Groats". www.scothighlands.com. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  8. ^ SSSI citation[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Experts nearly dropped an atomic bomb on a Scottish landmark in the 1950s - Sunday Post". Sunday Post. 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2018-11-08.

External links[edit]


Duncansby Stacks, rock pinnacles to the immediate south of Duncansby Head