A Little Bit About John O'Groats

The small Highland coastal village of John O’ Groats is the most northerly place on mainland Britain!

Made famous by the Land's End to John o' Groats challenge where people travel the whole length of the island of Great Britain between the extreme South West and the extreme North East. The most common route between these points is 874 miles and takes cyclists 10-14 days to complete. The off orad walking route is about 1,200 miles and can take 2-3 months.

Situated in an extreme location, the village boasts fantastic unspoilt scenery and offers wonderful landscapes and wildlife that is very special to this area, including a breathtaking array of birdlife on the local cliffs as well as seals, dolphins, minke and killer whales..

There is a lovely coastal walk from John O’ Groats along the north coast, from the east of the town to Duncansby Head Lighthouse and onto the massive rock stacks called the Stacks of Duncansby. Visitors can also take boat trips from the town to and around the wild cliffs of Duncansby Head that are up to 200 ft high and are home to many nestling birds..

Orkney is only about 6 miles away from the town and day excursions can be easily arranged where you can visit the heritage site of Skara Brae, the Churchill Barriers and the Standing Stones of Stenness.
Some of the other many attractions in the area include:-

  • John O’ Groats Ferry
  • Wildlife Cruise
  • Footpath to the Stacks of Duncansby
  • Groatie Buckie
  • Duncansby Head & Light House
  • Canisbay Kirk
  • Pentland Ferries
  • Castle of Mey
  • Mary-Ann’s Cottage
  • Dunnet Head
  • Dunnet Forest
  • Dunnet Beach
  • Seadrift Centre
  • Castle Hill Heritage Centre
  • Caithness Horizons
  • Broch Centre
  • Keiss Harbour
  • Old Pulteney Distillery
  • Heritage Centre Wick
  • Wick Golf Club
  • Achalone Activities
  • Laidhay Tearooms & Croft Museum
  • Wick-ed Paintballing
  • Whaligoe
  • Caithness Clay Shooting
  • Dunbeath Heritage Centre
  • Clan Gunn Museum, Latheron
  • Camster Cairns
  • Caithness SeaCoast
  • Badbea
  • Lyth Arts Centre
  • Northshore Pottery and Patricia Niemann Jewellery, Latheron
  • Waterlines Visitor Centre, Lybster
  • Yarrows Archaeological Trail
  • Castle of Old Wick
  • Sinclair & Girnigoe Castles

You'll never be short of something to do at John O'Groats.