3.4 of 5 (6 votes)

John O'Groats to Duncansby Head

A leisurely walk (coast) in Highlands, Scotland, about 6.70km (4.16 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 52m (170ft)
Descent 50m (164ft)
Max. Elevation 60m (196ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 102m (334ft)
Start & End
John O'Groats
Distance 6.70km
Duration ~2:00h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 29 Nov 2012
There was a time when it wasn't really worth making the effort to reach John O'Groats. The UK's most north-easterly mainland town was known as being a bit dreary. That's all changing with efforts to make the place a bit more worthwhile for those who come here. But while the town is improving, the scenery nearby has always been worth it. This short walk takes you to the most north-easterly point on the mainland, Duncansby Head, then a bit further along the coastal path and back into town.

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Take the bus to John O'Groats. Walk up the road to the hotel and seafront.
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At the seafront, head east along the coast.
About 0.57 km (~0.35 miles) from
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Head along the clifftop path to the Ness of Duncanby, a pleasant sandy beach.
About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
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Continue past the next bay along the coast, the Bay of Sannick.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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Continue to the lighthouse at Duncansby Head - one of the few square lighthouses in the UK.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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Continue around the coast to the Stacks of Duncansby, coastal stacks just off the cliffs.
About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from
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A grassy track leads to the lighthouse road.
About 0.64 km (~0.4 miles) from
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Follow the road back into the town.
About 1.42 km (~0.88 miles) from

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