The small Highland coastal village of John O’ Groats is the most northerly place on mainland Britain and a good base to explore the Orkney Islands.
Situated in an extreme location, the village boasts fantastic unspoilt scenery and offers wonderful landscapes and wildlife that is very special to this area, including a breathtaking array of birdlife on the local cliffs and on the water as well with seals, dolphins, minke and killer whales. There is a lovely coastal walk from John O’ Groats along the north coast, from the east of the town to Duncansby Head Lighthouse and onto the massive rock stacks called the Stacks of Duncansby. Visitors can also take boat trips from the town to and around the wild cliffs of Duncansby Head that are up to 200 ft high and are home to many nestling birds.
The Orkney islands are only about 6 miles away from the town and day excursions can be easily arranged visiting the main sites of interest on the island which include Skara Brae, the Churchill Barriers and the Standing Stones of Stenness.