JOHN O’ GROATS
The village of John O’ Groats has a general store which incorporates a petrol station, grocers and Post Office. A Hotel which is open to non-residents for meals and a public bar. There is also a craft village, souvenir shop and 2 cafes all of which are within a short walk of the site.
JOHN O GROATS FERRY
At the entrance of the site there is a Booking Office for a passenger ferry which does day trips to the Orkney Isles and wildlife tours leaving from the Harbour only 100m from site. There is also a car ferry that departs from Gills Bay which is 4 miles along the A836.
A sightseeing trip to Duncansby Head is a must and is accessible by either car or a pleasant walk along the coastline past the shell beaches where the famous Groatie Buckie, the European Cowrie (Cypus Europea) is cast upon the shore by the tides along with large quantities of other beautiful shells. Thereafter you will reach Duncansby Head Lighthouse where you cannot fail to be impressed by the breathtaking views of the Pentland Firth and the Islands of Orkney. A short walk along the cliff top is the Long Goe which is one of the best visual positions to see Puffins, Guilliemots and Skuas and other seabirds, then on to the famous Duncansby Stacks and other magnificent cliff scenery.
CANISBAY CHURCH AND JAN DE GROOT’S TOMB
Canisbay is a five minute car journey away and this is where Jan De Groot, our namesake, is buried and his tombstone is inside the Church. It is also where the Queen Mother attended when on holiday at her northernmost home the Castle of Mey.
CASTLE OF MEY
The Castle of Mey and its gardens are open to the public and are well worth a visit.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
The town of Wick is just 17 miles south on the A99. It hosts a variety of supermarkets and retail shops. The Heritage Centre is where you can take a journey back in time and see how Caithness people lived and worked. They have a particularly impressive collection of artefacts from the boom time in Wick during the herring fishing, also Pulteney Distillery is open to visitors. On traveling west along the A836 you can visit Mary Anne’s Cottage. Further on is the town of Thurso which again has a supermarket, cinema and Caithness Horizons Museum.
ALSO SEE SOME USEFUL LOCAL LINKS BELOW
The official John O’Groats website
Passenger ferry from John O’Groats to Orkney.
Daytrips and wildlife tours.
All about Caithness
The official site for the Castle of Mey, the Caithness residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother,
only six miles from John O’Groats.
Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board
Gills Bay all year car and
passenger ferry to Orkney
The ultimate online guide to the
Highlands and Islands.
For unique paintings, prints, cards by John O’Groats artist David Body and a wide selection of toys, books and gifts.
Video of visit – ‘FeelFreeOnTour’
Professionally shot in documentary style with German Commentary, English Music & a sunny day!