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John O'Groats

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Famous for being the most northern point on the British mainland, the striking rural scenery of John O'Groats makes for a truly unique getaway. Our accommodation here is right on the coastline, offering views over John O’Groats Harbour and the rocky Scottish shores alongside it. The friendly village offers everything you need for a self-catering holiday, even as you lose yourself in the enchanting remoteness of this beautiful locale.

Check into a stylish apartment with all the modern conveniences you could need, or really immerse yourself in the rural atmosphere with a stay in a Scandinavian eco-lodge with sweeping oceanic views. Either way, this is the perfect place to get away from it all – you can explore the peaceful Caithness countryside, watch some wonderful wildlife, hike or cycle along the rugged coastline, or simply unwind in a breath-taking natural setting.

On-site shop

Just because it’s a remote location doesn’t mean supplies are hard to come by. Stop in to the Store House for breakfast, a light meal or a drink, or simply to stock up on essentials and local produce.

Spa and beauty treatments

As if the peaceful surroundings weren’t relaxing enough, you can also treat yourself to a range of spa and beauty treatments, delivered in the comfort of your own accommodation by a trained professional.

Bike hire

This is the perfect place for a bracing bicycle ride, and bikes are available to hire on site for as long as you’d like, with helmets and safety equipment included. Be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Local village

The village of John O’Groats is definitely worth exploring, with local cafes, craft shops and even an ice cream parlour. Don’t miss the Puffin Croft Farm Shop, with delicious local farm produce – and even a petting zoo!

Transport links

Though it may seem out of the way, John O’Groats is well connected with the main roads running through the Caithness area. It’s also just a 25-minute drive to Wick, which has its own airport and railway station.

Things to Try

Ferry trips

With John O’Groats Harbour just a minute’s walk from your door, why not set out upon the waves? Enjoy a day trip to the Orkney Islands, with their scenic landscapes and historic settlements, or take a wildlife cruise and get a chance to spot seals, seabirds, dolphins, whales, and more.

Dunnet Head

The largest RSPB reserve in the UK, Dunnet Head is a fantastic place to view a wide variety of bird life, including puffins, guillemots and fulmars. During spring and summer you’ll see a number of species assembled in bustling breeding colonies, and you may even see their chicks growing up.

Pulteney Distillery

The home of Old Pulteney’s range of Scotch whiskies, this fantastic distillery, based in the seaside town of Wick, is not to be missed. Take a tantalising tasting tour and learn how the drink is made from start to finish, concluding of course with a dram or two for yourself.

Castle & Gardens of Mey

This incredible 16th-century castle, which had fallen into a derelict state, was rescued in 1952 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and restored as a holiday home. It’s now open to the public, and this spectacular castle and its beautiful gardens are definitely well worth a visit.

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For Food & Drink

There are some great places for food and drink without even leaving John O’Groats. Try the Puffin Croft Farm Shop for homegrown produce and baking. For takeaway fish & chips, burgers and more, stop by the Cabin, and visit Stacks Coffee House & Bistro for light meals and tasty drinks.

For Attractions

Don’t miss out on the striking coastal castle ruins known as Castle Sinclair Girnigoe - actually the remains of two separate castles, one from the 15th century and one from the 17th. And you can explore the coastline further on a brilliant boat tour with Caithness Seacoast, based in Wick.

For Activities

Coastal walks amid windswept surroundings are the order of the day here. Wander over to the nearby Duncansby Head, with its beautiful lighthouse and stunning sea stacks which jut upwards from the water, or simply explore the coast on your own terms and lose yourself in the scenery.