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Lighthouses

Dunnet Head Lighthouse The Lighthouse at Dunnet Head marks the most northerly tip of mainland UK.  Built in 1832 by the Stevenson family, at 300 feet above the Pentland Firth.  The Queen Mother visited the Lighthouse on many occasions and on her last visit on 8th October 1979, Mr Malcolm, Principal Lightkeeper, gave a conducted tour of the station.  The Queen Mother later had tea with Mr Malcolm and his wife and met the other lightkeepers and their families residing at the station. The RSPB monitor the sea-birds at Dunnet Head.
Lybster Lighthouse By 1859 Lybster Fishery had 357 boats fishing for herring and over 3,200 employees including 1,469 fishermen.In 1884 a new concrete wall was built and the Lighthouse. Around 20 boats use the harbour today.  Visit Waterlines Cafe and Maritime Museum with views out to sea.
Stroma Lighthouse Off the most northern tip of Stroma lies The Swilkie, the most dangerous whirlpool in the Pentland Firth, where 4 or 5 tides meet.   The Lighthouse was built in 1890 on the most northern tip at Langaton Point.  Stroma is the most southerly island in the Pentland Firth, just over 2 miles north-west of John O’Groats and is part of Caithness.
Duncansby Head Lighthouse The true north-easterly point of mainland UK is at Duncansby Head.  From the Lighthouse, follow the signposted walk across the moorland to the geosclaites where thousands of sea-birds come in to nest.   Kittiwakes, razorbills, shags fulmars, cormorants, guillemots, and from mid April to the end of July, puffins come in from the shore to nest in little burrows on the craggy cliff face. Continue the coastal walk to the spectacular sea-stacks, and stunning views south to Thirle Door.
Holborn Head Lighthouse The Walking is splendid…    allow 2 hours ! From Scrabster Harbour head toward Holborn Lighthouse and follow the coastal path over many stiles, past geo, gloups, high cliffs and caves to Robertson’s Point and Holborn Quarry, where many fossils still remain.  Head inland across the barren moorland and follow the track road where a Caithness stone sculpture can be seen on the right.  Over a gate which may need to be climbed and down the steep steps back to Scrabster Harbour.
Noss Head Lighthouse houses the library for Clan Sinclair, although open by appointment only. Park at the Lighthouse, adjacent to the picnic area, and follow the track road which leads to the ruins of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. The Castle is perched on a small sandstone stack between two geos.  A drawbridge leads to the interior of the castle ruins.

   Breathtaking walks to view the Lighthouses of Caithness…

                                                                      In 1901, the population of Stroma reached an all-time peak of 375 and declined to just 12 by 1961.             These last few islanders left the following year.  Stroma is now owned by one of its former inhabitants and used to graze sheep.
Wick Harbour, South Pier Lighthouse    A short tapered hectagonal shape     built into the harbour breakwater.
Clyth Ness Lighthouse was built in 1916 on top of the cliffs at Clyth, 4km east of      Lybster and now privately owned.