Postcard From John O’Groats, Scotland


The best time to visit John O’Groats is out of season, otherwise it’s packed with sightseers.  We visited in May 2014, the only thing is the weather, although it wasn’t raining, is was very cold and windy.  I’m afraid it was a few point and press shots, while dashing from one building to another.  There is a very nice coffee shop with big glass windows, that you can sit in the warm and watch the sea going by.  We were going to go on the ferry to Orkney, but we had just missed it……our own fault as we didn’t check the times.  Still hopefully next time.  I did want to visit Shetland, but seeing its a 152 miles from John O’Groats, that would have to be longer than a day trip 🙂  By the way the model is my husband, he who drives fast 🙂

A little history for you ….  Just 11 miles from Dunnet Head, the mostly northerly point of mainland Britain, the small coastal village of John O’ Groats is the starting point for many embarking on the famous ‘End to End’ journey to Land’s End in England, some 876 miles away.  The name stems from Jan de Groote, a Dutchman who once plied a ferry from the Scottish mainland to Orkney, which had recently been acquired from Norway by King James IV.


  1. Great photos. Looks like a place you could spend some time if it were warmer. I had a chuckle over the sign that says “Back in two minutes, May 17th.” That could be a very short wait or a very long one, depending. 🙂

    1. Thank you Pat, that sign post is the one you have to pay to have your photos taken, so they put that up if they leave it for awhile so you can’t take any photos, but the one Steve is leaning on is free. But that is quite a good record of the day we were there, so they did us a good favour really. Oh I think would be lovely in the sunshine, or even just a little warmer. By the way, snow gone, sunshine and blue skies, weather so weird 🙂

      1. Ours has been like that, too. We’ll have a few days with temps several degrees below freezing and then it swings the other way and we’re up above freezing for a few days. But since normally we’d be staying below freezing this time of year, I’m not complaining too loud. 🙂

      2. No I would keep quiet, at the moment all is like a spring day…..I’m not sure I could cope with below freezing, but I suppose you get use it…..not 🙂

      3. That kind of cold is something that is merely tolerated. And as I get older, toleration gets harder! I will dwell on the image of your spring day to keep me warm. 🙂

  2. Thank you Lynne for posting these photos, it’s the first time I’ve ever seen pictures of the infamous ‘other end’ of the Land’s End to John O’Groats route 🙂 My Mum used to live in the third house along from the Land’s End end, and then the place looked much more like how John O’Groats now looks like, ie not overly commercialised 🙂
    That’s fascinating to hear how it got it’s name, far better than the, not very original, Land’s End 🙂

    1. Glad you enjoyed them Andy. I remember going to Lands End a long time ago, when it was the same as John O’Groats and then again many years later and it was so commercialised, it had been spoilt. How marvellous that your mother had lived there. Yes you would think it would have had a Cornish name, most likely did many moons ago 🙂

    1. Thank you Andy, thats interesting. I always thought it was a shame that the Cornish language died out. I love listening to Welsh, I have some Welsh blood, but quite diluted now 🙂

      1. The Cornish language is in the slow process of coming back, I know they were talking about making it an optional language to learn in Cornish schools 🙂
        The Welsh choirs are amazing to listen to, and I love hearing the Welsh rugby crowd singing ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ 🙂

      2. Lol!! Actually, there have been people speaking the language continuously up until the present day, but the last person to only speak Cornish was allegedly Dolly Pentreath, from Paul, a small village just above Mousehole. Even though she died in 1777, the language lived on through Victorian times, and it’s revival has increased momentum since the 1960’s 🙂

      3. It’s an interesting sounding language, but I must admit, even though I hardly dare say it, I prefer the sound of Welsh or Gaelic! I know of a few people who can speak fluent Cornish, but alas, I’m not one of them, languages aren’t my strong point. Theoretically I should be good at French too, my grandfather was from Guernsey, and his father was totally French, but I struggle with that too 😦

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