Sinigeo Loop - Dunnet Head

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A spectacular North Highland Way circular walk along the coast of Dunnet Head, which is an SSSI designated by Scottish Natural Heritage. Visit Brough Bay, with its rock stacks of Little Clett, home to a resident seal colony and where the materials were landed to build Dunnet Head Lighthouse in 1831. The Queen Mother visited the lighthouse on several occasions, the last time in 1979. Views over the Pentland Firth to Hoy and Mainland Orkney are stupendous and you can see the Old Man of Hoy quite clearly.

The rocks of Little Clett and those just east of the slipway lie in the fault zone of the Brough Fault. This north - south dislocation brings down the upper Old Red Sandstone rocks of Dunnet Head against the middle Old Red Sandstone to the east. It is likely that movement on this fault is related to that on the Great Glen fault a few tens of kilometres to the east.

The ecology of the peatlands is fascinating, with many plants living in the bog. This together with the views and the seabirds makes this walk very special.

The path is very overgrown but passable. Take care not to walk too close to the edge, as often the geos are hidden in the undergrowth.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Caithness

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Moor, Public Transport, Sea, Stately Home, Wildlife, Woodland

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