The village of Dunnet stands close to the north east corner of Dunnet Bay, to the south is nearly two miles of beautiful sandy beach backed by magnificent dunes, forming the eastern end of the bay, to the north of Dunnet the land gently rises to form Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain whose cliffs fall 300ft sheer into the Pentland Firth, at its maximum the headland extent some 3.5 miles from north to south and 2.5 miles from east to west, on a clear day the northern end commands some of the most extensive views you are likely to find anywhere in northern Scotland.
Dunnet Bay, you will find sandstone rising to over 400 ft and the most northerly tip of the British mainland. The vieseawards to Orkney and along the coast is breathtaking. The lighthouse is sometimes open to visitors.
- Dunnet Bay Latitude: 58.605483 Longitude: -3.429751
Dunnet Head is the Cape Oreas of the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus and thus the first-ever place in Scotland to be mentioned by any writer.
Dunnet itself runs along the line of the A836 coast road, but then extends north west in a highly scattered pattern of houses and cottages interspersed with meadows full of flowers, the B855 will take you to Dunnet Head, a headland quite high there’s a bit of a climb towards the end where there’s a car park by the lighthouse from here it is a short walk to a rugged peninsula in Caithness, located on the north coast of Scotland, the most northerly point of mainland Britain, with views over to Orkney on a clear day, it is a wild and untamed landscape, with stunning sea cliffs and coastal grasslands which are home to puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes.
Dunnet Bay Map