John O’Groats is a village with a big reputation, and before we rolled into “town” I was expecting something a bit more town-y. But here it is seen in almost its entirety from Duncansby Head, one very spread-out village.
A geo is a inlet in a cliff face, and are frequently found in the Shetland and Orkney islands. The Geo of Sclaites is on Duncansby Head on the Scottish mainland.
This was originally twin lighthouses on Muckle Skerry, the largest of the uninhabited Pentland Skerries. The lighthouse is about 8km off Duncansby Head where this photo was taken from.
The impressive Stacks of Duncansby are a short downhill stroll away from the Duncansby Head Lighthouse. The air was filled with fulmars, a seabird that resembles gulls.
It looks like I just missed the Thirle Door, you can just make out the the top of the arch peeking over the cliff top in the right of the photo.
- Aperture: ƒ/7.1
- Camera: E-M5MarkII
- Exposure bias: +3/10EV
- Focal length: 70mm
- ISO: 200
Pentland Firth runs from Dunnet Head in the west, the Britain mainland’s northern point, though to Duncansby Head, the most north-easterly point, with the Orkneys forming the northern edge. Standing up on the very windy Duncansby Head you can see the tidal races even on a calm day.