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
Shops, café etc..
Photos on this page by Annemarie Dunnet.