Duncansby Head is under 2 miles north-east of John o’ Groats in the most north-easterly part of mainland Britain, the most northerly point on mainland Scotland is to the west at Dunnet Head. The area around Duncansby Head and the nearby Stacks of Duncansby (rocky stacks just off the Caithness coastline) is wild and extremely beautiful. You will find nesting birds, including Puffins in early spring, on the cliffsides and the stacks, and if you are lucky you may also see passing whales and dolphins. The coastal walk also provides lovely views over the Pentland Firth towards Orkney and small rocky islands, called the Pentland Skerries, with the Lighthouse visible on Muckle Skerry. The nearby Caithness island of Stroma can also be seen from the John o’ Groats area.