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.