John O' Groats attractions

John O' Groats attractions


John O' Groats Scotland HighlandsJohn O' Groats is the northernmost point of the mainland, over 876 miles from Lands End, the southernmost part of England. John o' Groats is named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot. In 1496 King James IV granted De Groot the ferry franchise between the harbour here and Orkney. The now well established John o' Groats ferry carries foot passengers across the short distance to Orkney between May and September. Also see John o'Groats.


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Attractions John O' Groats Passenger ferry service from John O' Groats to Orkney. Every day all summer from 1st May to 30th September. Location: On the outskirts of John O' Groats, 839.1 miles from Land's End.

John O' Groats Passenger ferry
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Attractions Castle of Mey, Thurso, Caithness KW14 8XH. Tel: 01847 851473. The former holiday home of the late Queen Mother is the most northerly castle on the British mainland. She renovated and restored it and created the beautiful gardens you see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here. About 6 miles west of John O' Groats.

Castle of Mey

Attractions Thurso Castle, Thurso KW14. Thurso Castle was originally a 12th century earthwork fortress, founded by the Norse Earls. In the 17th century, it was replaced by a stone tower house. The roofless but impressive remains are visible across the rivermouth from the old town of Thurso. About 14 miles east of John O' Groats.

Thurso Castle

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