Dunnet: A Complete Guide

Find out all you need to know including what to do, where to stay, where to eat and how to get to Dunnet, North Scotland.

About Dunnet
Dunnet in Caithness, Scotland is home to the most northerly point of the UK mainland and offers expansive walks over beaches, coastline and forest along the Pentland Firth, looking out towards Orkney.

Dunnet is around 115 miles north of Inverness and 270 miles north of Edinburgh. It is located in the historical county of Caithness, Scotland, on the north coast of the Scottish Highlands.

What to do in Dunnet
Dunnet Head: walk or drive to the north tip of the UK mainland and admire the sea views and nesting birds on a clear day.

Dunnet Bay Distillery: discover or explore the different editions of Rock Rose gin, Holy Grass vodka and more at this boutique distillery, with tastings and tours.

Dunnet Bay: for a solitary walk along two miles of beach lined by undulating sand dunes.

Dunnet Forest: nestled in Dunnet, this community forest is for all ages and abilities of walkers and canine friends.

Castlehill Heritage Centre and Flagstone Trail: discover more about the history of the flagstone industry in Caithness and local culture in this community museum and gardens, housed in a converted farm.

What to do near Dunnet
Castle of Mey: visit the intimate former home of the Queen Mother with views over the Pentland Firth. Discover the Castle of Mey

Where to eat in Dunnet
Northern Sands Hotel: serving lunch and dinner with locally sourced ingredients.

Where to eat near Dunnet
Tea room at Castle of Mey: serving teas, cakes, soup and freshly made sandwiches.

Options in and around Thurso include the Captain’s Galley, an upmarket fish restaurant in nearby Scrabster.

Where to shop in Dunnet
Dunnet Bay Distillery: sells a range of gifts and locally produced items, often gin-inspired.

Where to shop near Dunnet
John O’Groats is home to the Gallery and North Coast Emporium which sell local crafts, produce and gifts.

Thurso town centre also has a small range of shops and local food products.

Where to stay in Dunnet
Hotels: The Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet. Nearby hotels include Forss House Hotel, Thurso and Mackays Hotel in Wick.

Camping: there is a campsite at Dunnet Bay. Nearby campsites include John O’Groats and Thurso.

How to get to Dunnet
By car: 8.5 miles east of Thurso and 11 miles west of John O’Groats along the A836.

By bus: the 80 bus route operated by Stagecoach runs from Thurso via Castletown, Dunnet, Mey and John O’Groats.

By train: the nearest train station is Thurso on the Far North Railway Line, which runs from Inverness to Wick.

Nearest airports: Wick-John O’Groats (with a daily service to Edinburgh and Aberdeen) and Inverness (with UK-wide destinations as well as Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Where to go next:
North: to the Orkney Isles
West: to Durness
South: to Inverness

See next: the drive to and from Dunnet Head