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Stacks of Duncansby: Scotland’s sentinels

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Each year hordes of tourists from around the world head to John O’Groats, a small Scottish village in the highlands that is famous for being Britain’s most north-eastern point. As can happen when a place becomes an almost mandatory stop-off for every tour bus operating in the highlands it’s easy to be cynical about the destination and not even consider stopping by yourself. But you should. Not so much for the town itself (although, there is plenty to do here), but as the setting out point for a walk out to Duncansby Head. On your walk, you’ll skirt rugged beaches, cross turf and bogs, pass through a kissing gate or two and stop at the lighthouse to catch a view out over the waves below before reaching your destination. Pictured above, the Stacks of Duncansby rise from the ocean floor and stand like sentinels at the end of the world. You can’t see them without feeling like you have a new appreciation of Mother Nature’s majesty.


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