John O’Groats

The village “At the End of the Road”, the distance between itself and Lands End being the longest between two points within mainland Britain. (Note – nearby Dunnet Head is the most Northerly mainland point).

It takes its name from a 15th C. Dutchman, Jan de Groote who obtained a grant to operate a ferry to Orkney.  A foot-passenger ferry still operates, from May 1st – 30th Sept, with opportunities for day trips to the islands.

John O’Groats is the start or end point for the classic challenge of the end-to-enders who attempt to cycle, walk, ride or sometimes other ways of completing an epic journey between the two points (JOGLE – John O’Groats – Lands End or LeJog for the contrary trip.

Close to the famous “Stacks of Duncansbay”  a short walk to view some amazing cliff scenery, puffins etc

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Photos on this page by Annemarie Dunnet.

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