Long Loch - Dunnet Head

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Dunnet Head has many lochs, all of which can be fished during the season 1st May to 1st October, except Loch Burifa. Permits can be bought from the Dunnet Head Fishing Association who stock the lochs with brown trout on an annual basis. The Long Loch is the biggest of the lochs and is linked to the Loch of Easter Head. The remains of the old pumping system which was used for pumping water to the cottages and lighthouse on Dunnet Head are still in situ.

There are many birds in this area: black-throated divers, gulls, kestrels, fulmar and curlew to name a few. Take care during the breeding season (April – June) as some are ground-nesting birds. Puffins burrow in the cliffs of Dunnet Head during their breeding season (May to July).

The walk takes you to the viewpoint on Dunnet Head, more correctly known as Easter Head, where you can admire the fantastic views to Orkney, Cape Wrath and John o' Groats. Take time out also to look at the remains of the WWII radar installation; the operations room and several other buildings are still intact. Dunnet Head Lighthouse is owned by the Northern Lighthouse Board, was built in 1831 by Robert Stevenson and automated in 1989.

There is minimal roadwork back to the starting point, with great views to Burifa Hill (Walk 4445). Walk 3713 starts at Dunnet Head and goes to Dwarwick Pier, a historical pier close to Mary Ann's Cottage, a traditional croft open to the public.

There is a booklet available about Dunnet Head, its archaeology, history, wildlife and geology.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Caithness


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Moor, Wildlife

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1.9 Miles