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Duncansby Head: Our most recommended tours and activities

Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

1. Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

Experience the wild and windy Scottish coastline. Listen to informative commentary from your guide throughout the cruise and enrich your knowledge of Scotland’s natural history. Cruise through the Pentland Firth past Duncansby Head lighthouse passing close to the sheer 200-feet high cliffs teeming with sea birds followed by a close-up view of the famous Stacks of Duncansby. Cross the inner sound of the Pentland Firth for a view of the uninhabited island of Stroma and the colonies of Atlantic Grey Seals. See the various cliffs and birds of Stroma. The types of birdlife seen will depend on the nesting season. For example Puffins will be seen in large numbers in June and July but in much smaller numbers in August. If you are lucky, catch a view of some whales.

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What people are saying about Duncansby Head

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 55 reviews

It was a really nice and cheap option to see the islands off of the mainland of Scotland. The speed of the boat was really nice so you could see a lot and had a lot of time to see it. You have a great chance of seeing seals, sheep on the islands, and puffins. I think it was definitely worth it!

Fantastic cruise with so much wildlife to see! Great skipper who pointed out all the cool stuff we could see - puffins, seals, guillemots, etc. even without the wildlife it’s a spectacular landscape and view. Well worth the money.

Seen Orca for the first time due to the captain taking time to look and help everyone see all the local wildlife and have a great time! Thanks so much to the crew gentlemen every one of them

A great experience. The captain w soured everyone saw everything on offer. We were lucky enough to see an Orca which made a great trip even better.

Easy to book, helpful crew. Trip around Stroma stopping and getting close in to see sea birds on rock ledges and seals on rocks.