Duncansby Head Lighthouse

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Sat, 2010-01-02

This is signposted – but as you leave John O’Groats to go toward Wick, just at the post office (on the right-hand side) is a turning up to the left. Go as far up this road as you can and you will be at the light-house!


  • Light Established: 1924
  • Engineer: David A Stevenson
  • Position Latitude 58° 38.6’N Longitude 03° 01.4’W
  • Character: Flashing white every 12 sec.
  • Structure: White square tower 11 metres high.
  • Elevation: 67 metres
  • Candlepower: 596,000
  • Nominal Range: 22 miles. The headland juts into the North Sea, with the Pentland Firth to its north and west and the Moray Firth to its south.
  • Structure: White tower 11 metres high. There are 31 steps to the top of the tower
  • Point Mark: The point is marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse. A minor public road leads from John o’ Groats to Duncansby Head, which makes Duncansby Head the furthest point by road from Land’s End.
  • Lumens: The light is 596,000 candlepower (7.491 million lumens) and has a range of 22 miles (35 km). The lighthouse was automated in 1997.
  • Comparision: Although not in Caithness, it is worth mentioning the lighthouse at Strathy Point as it was the first Scottish lighthouse actually built as an all-electric station. It was completed in 1958 and filled the last important dark blank on the Scottish coast – between Dunnet Head and Cape Wrath

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