John O' Groats, Caithness, Scotland

John O'Groats and the Orkney Islands seen from just outside Groats

Looking towards John O'Groats and the Orkney Islands from Warth Hill Viewpoint

The Last House at John O'Groats, Caithnes

The Last House at John O' Groats, now a shop with Natural Retreats - see photograph

The Last House at John O'Groats, Caithnes

The new John O'Groats Signpost. This new one does not need you to pay for taking a photograph next to it. If you do feel like paying then the original signpost is parked next to the caravan and camping site.

John O'Groats is the most northerly settlement in the UK mainland and is the end point for many charity runs, walks, cycles and other events. The area around John O'Groats is iconic and has been settled for over 5,000 years and evidence of this is seen in the ancient castles, brochs, standing stones and other ancient settlements.

John O'Groats also acts as a passenger ferry point for day trips to Orkney, further along the coast are two vehicle ferries for the lovely Orkney Islands.

From John O'Groats you can sometimes see the beautiful northern lights or Aurora Borealis, and at night the Milky Way and planets can be seen due to clear sky without pollution of any kind.


Views over Stroma in the Orkney Islands from just outside John O'Groats in Caithness

Views over Stroma in the Orkney Islands from just outside John O'Groats in Caithness

The John O'Groats Hotel

The recently refurbished John O'Groats Hotel

John O' Groats Map & Map of Scotland

Drag the person icon onto the map to view John O'Groats in Streetview, click the top-right X to return to map.

John O'Groats harbour for daily cruises and trips to Orkney

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Stacks of Duncansby near John O' Groats

Stacks of Duncansby

One of my favourite short walks is from the Duncansby Lighthouse over towards the Stacks of Duncansby where in spring you will often be able to see puffins which nest on the steep cliffs in this area.

Stacks of Duncansby near John O' Groats

Natural Retreats Cafe and Bar

Natural Retreats Cafe at Groats

Natural Retreats John O' Groats Hotel

Natural Retreats John O' Groats Hotel


The old John O'Groats Hotel before restoration

The John O'Groats Hotel before restoration work was carried out on it.

John O'Groats Orkney Ferry

The John O'Groats ferry runs during the summer months for day trips and as passenger ferry to Orkney.

John O' Groats boat trips

Boat trips are available from John O'Groats, booking is advisable during the busy summer months. See website for JOG Ferry and the North Coast Marine Adventures. The fast power rib is an exciting adventure for all the family, waterproofs and life jackets are provided for you.

John O' Groats adventure boat trips

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