John o' Groats

[Boat trips, and a passenger ferry to Orkney, depart from here]

Scores of little-known places in Caithness are deserving of wider recognition by visitors. Unfortunately John o' Groats isn't one of them - a disappointing collection of tacky huts stands spoiling what would otherwise be a beautiful stretch of coastline. So why visit, given this scathing review? Well, it's generally recognised (incorrectly) as the northernmost point on the British mainland, and (nearly correctly) as the northern end of the longest distance between two points on the mainland - Land's End in Cornwall being the other one. Every Brit has heard of John o' Groats, and for this reason it'll continue to attract tourists to its greasy fast food stands for the foreseeable future. Whisper it quietly, but nearby Dunnet Head and Duncansby Head are infinitely more rewarding to visit.

[The former John o' Groats Hotel, derelict until recently, has been given a new lease of life as self-catering accommodation]

Name: John o' Groats ☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: ND 380734 / done obligated first

[The famous John o' Groats signpost: privately owned, so you need permission before photographing it!]

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