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Duncansby Head


Duncansby Head in County Caithness, Scotland.

A4 (210 x 297mm) : 250g/m² archival art paper

A3 (297 x 420mm) : 250g/m² archival art paper

Artist: Roger O’Reilly

The artist signs each print.

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A Note from the Artist

Duncansby Head is the most north-easterly part of the British mainland, lying slightly northeast of John o’ Groats making it the farthest point by road from Land’s End. The lighthouse is located in Caithness, Highland.

The headland juts into the North Sea, with the Pentland Firth to its north and west and the Moray Firth to its south. The tidal streams flowing through the Pentland Firth earned it the title ‘Hell’s Mouth’ in the days of sail and it’s still a place where unwary ships can come a cropper. With the waters of the Atlantic channeling into the North sea and ebbing in the opposite direction, they set in motion dangerous currents and tides which can run at speeds of up to ten knots. So dramatic are the effects that each of these tide races has been given a name – the Swilkie, the Bore of Huna, the wells of Tuftalie, the Duncansby Bore, and the Merry Men of May.

The point is marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse, built by David Alan Stevenson in 1924. The light was automated in 1997 and has a range of 41km.



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