Duncansby Head

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Duncansby Head Lighthouse
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Duncansby Head Lighthouse
Duncansby Head is located in Scotland
Duncansby Head
Location Duncansby Head
United Kingdom
Coordinates 58°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 constructed 1924
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape square parallelepiped tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre balcony
Height 11 metres (36 ft)
Focal height 67 metres (220 ft)
Light source mains power
Intensity 596,000 candela
Range 22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 12s.
Admiralty number A3558
NGA number 3016
ARLHS number SCO-062
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[1] [2]

Duncansby Head (Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Dhunngain[3] or Dùn Gasbaith[4]) is the most north-easterly part of the Scottish mainland, including even the famous John o' Groats, Caithness, Highland.[5] The headland juts into the North Sea, with the Pentland Firth to its north and west and the Moray Firth to its south.


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, 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 km stretch of coast south to Skirza Head. It includes the Duncansby Stacks, prominent sea stacks just off the coast.[7]

See also[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. 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. ^ SSSI citation

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