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Duncansby Head Lighthouse


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Located east of Gohn o' Groats, this light station marks the extreme northern end of Scotland's east coast and the southeastern entrance to Pentland Firth, which separates the mainland from the Orkney.

During the First World War, in 1914, a temporary fog signal was provided at this point, and this became a permanent fixture after the war. In 1924 a light was erected in a square lantern tower instead of the traditional round tower. During the Second World War and on the eve of the invasion of Norway, the lighthouse was machine-gunned by a German bomber, but no damage was caused and no one was hurt.

In 1968 a high powered radar beacon was installed, but this has now been replaced by a low power self operating version. It was automated in 1997.

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Duncansby Head Lighthouse, Caithness

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Geographic Position:

58 38.641'N  003 01.521'W

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Height of Tower:


Height of light above mean sea level:

67 metres

Character of light:

Flashing White every 12 Secs

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Range of light:

22 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

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.





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