Brough Pier, located in the northern reaches of Scotland, presents a quaint and historically rich destination for both casual visitors and enthusiastic explorers.Nestled at latitude 58° 39’N and longitude 03° 20’W, Brough Pier is a private fishing pier owned by the Brough Bay Association.
This small craft haven, dating back to 1794, is partially sheltered by reefs and is notable for its stone-built slipway and store, constructed in 1830 by the Northern Lighthouse Board during the construction of Dunnet Head Lighthouse by Robert Stevenson.
To reach Brough Pier, visitors can travel through the village of Brough, which is the most northerly village on Scotland’s mainland. It’s close to the most northerly point at Dunnet Head and is accessible via the B855 from Dunnet or the coastal road from Skarfskerry, coming from John O’ Groats.
The area around Brough Pier is rich in landmarks and historical sites. Notable attractions include various brochs and castles like Carn Liath Broch, Nybster Broch, and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. For nature enthusiasts, there are several beautiful beaches such as Keiss Beach, Sandside Beach, Peedie Sands Beach, and Dunnet Bay Beach. Other places of interest include the Whaligoe Steps, Loch More Walks, and the Laidhay Croft Museum. The village itself offers picturesque views over the rock stack, Little Clett, a favorite spot for observing seals and seabirds.
Brough Castle, a ruin near the village, is thought to have been a 12th-century Norse fortress. Today, only grassy mounds are visible, with most of the structure either repurposed or eroded away.
For those keen on exploring the area on foot, the Yarrows Loch and Walks offer a splendid opportunity to immerse in the local landscape and history. Another fascinating walk is the trail leading to Crosskirk and St Mary’s Chapel, providing both scenic views and a glimpse into the area’s past.
Brough Pier and its surrounding region are steeped in history and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a blend of cultural heritage and outdoor adventure in Scotland’s far north.