Scarfskerry Harbour

Welcome to the UK's most northerly settlement! A sleepy hamlet set against the wild Pentland Firth, this is a fine place to explore for at least a little while, especially if you have an interest in birdlife or shipwrecks.

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Scan the rocks in front of you – can you see any large black birds? They may be cormorants, who have given their name to the village: 'scarf' means 'cormorant’, and ‘skerry’ is Norse for rock. Many different species of birdlife can be spotted here, from gulls to puffins. In addition to that you may be lucky and spot whales or dolphins, who frequent the area.

Scarfskerry is also noticeable for two shipwrecks: the SS Victoria, which sank in 1890, and the SS Linkmoor which sank in 1930, are popular diving sites.

There are other archaeological sites nearby, and a broch is thought to be eroding out of the coast to the west of the village.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The SS Victoria is notable after the crew were saved by Longhope RNLI, who rowed from their station over ten miles away on the island of Hoy in Orkney!

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