John o'Groats

The pier at John O'Groats
John O'Groats Hotel
The lighthouse at John O' Groats
The Last House and Museum
The lighthouse at Dunnet Head

John o'Groats (Gaelic: Taigh Iain Ghròt) is a small village in the traditional Scottish county of Caithness and the Highlands region of Scotland. John o'Groats is popularly thought of as the northernmost point on the mainland (the counterpart to Land's End in Cornwall) - although not actually the northernmost point (this honour belongs to Dunnet Head nearby), John o'Groats is certainly the northernmost settlement on Great Britain.

Understand

John o'Groats takes its name from one Jan de Groot, a Dutchman who obtained a grant for the ferry from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney Islands, recently acquired from Norway, from the Scottish King James IV in 1496.

Get in

By Road

This is the only direct means to get to John o'Groats. It is located at the end of the A99, which branches from the main A9 Inverness to Thurso road at the village of Latheron, going via the neighbouring town of Wick. If you are arriving via the Orkney Islands, you follow the A939 due east from Thurso.

If you are driving from the Central Belt, bear in mind that this is an extremely remote part of Scotland, the total distance from Glasgow/Edinburgh is almost 280 miles (450km) - think about it - the same distance as say the Midlands of England. From the Central Belt to Inverness is around 2.5-3hours, reckon on another 2 hours to make the 110 mile journey to Caithness as the A9 becomes a rural single carriageway north of the Black Isle.

See

Do

Buy

There is a small shop called 'First and Last' at the pier of John O'Groats.

Sleep

Go next

Head back the other way to Land's End, its a long walk!

Get a ferry to the Orkney Islands. John o' Groats Ferries passenger ferry sails from John o' Groats to Burwick (summer only). Pentland Ferries vehicle and passenger ferry sails from Gills Bay (5km west of John o' Groats) to St Margaret's Hope.

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