Around Scrabster: What to see and do

Scrabster is a working harbour on Scotland’s northern coast, skirting the wild waters of the Pentland Firth and best known as the gateway to the Orkney Islands.

Here are a few ideas if your cruise stops here:

John O’Groats

This is Scotland’s most northerly village. A passenger ferry travels from here to Orkney as well as being a base for wildlife boat trips. Beware of the weather – the Pentland Firth is a notoriously unsettled piece of water and not for the faint-hearted on a rough day! The village itself is small with a quaint harbour and great views towards Duncansby Head. Recent development isn’t very attractive with ‘pods’ scattered over fields and an eclectic range of touristy buildings. There are a few cafes and even Starbuck’s coffee (is this a good thing ….)

Dunnet Head

As the picture says, this is mainland Scotland’s most northerly point. The views across to Stroma and Orkney are fabulous and you can see all along the northern coastline too. The lighthouse is pretty and there are majestic (dangerous) cliffs which are home to many seabirds. Expect LOTS of wind!

Dunnet Beach

This stunning beach is an endless vista of sand and sea. Perfect to stretch your legs and get lots of fresh air. Fabulous views of Orkney and Dunnet Head. Toilets are provided and an information point in the area includes interesting notes on the once resident Vikings.


The main town in Caithness has a few shops and cafes and some surprisingly good restaurants. I like the tiny Pavilion, which looks over the beach and serves delicious seafood.

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