Our ferry to Orkney wasn’t until the evening, so we spent the the day visiting various north-easterly landmarks. Our first port of call was the most northerly point in mainland Britain – Dunnet Head. This is a beautiful, peaceful spot with a fantastic 360 degree panorama of the area – quite unlike John O’Groats, which isn’t the most northerly point in mainland Britain but is a horrendous tourist trap that draws in visitors by the coachload.
Duncansby Head is a headland at the north-easterly corner of the mainland and is also well worth a visit – like Dunnet Head, it’s beautiful, peaceful and offers amazing views. We whiled away an afternoon in the sun at Duncansby Head and then headed down to Gills Bay to catch the ferry.