58 Degrees North

At 58 degrees North, Dunnet Head is the most northerly point on the UK mainland. From here it’s possible to view the Orkney Islands, the distant highland mountains of Ben Hope and Ben Loyal, and south towards Flow country.  The sea stacks around the coast are home to thousands of birds – Fulmars, Pufins, Kittiwakes and more – while the coarse grass and heather atop the cliffs provide shelter for Skylarks whose melodic songs may still be heard despite a fifty percent decline in their population over the last 25 years.

The lighthouse at Dunnet Head looks north towards the Orkney Islands. In the distance is Hoy, the site of the never ending battle between Hedin and Högni in Norse mythology.


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