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John o'Groats

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John o'Groats (Gaelic: Taigh Iain Ghròt [1]) is a small village in the traditional Scottish county of Caithness and the Highlands region of Scotland. John o'Groats is popularly thought of as the northernmost point on the British mainland (the counterpart to Land's End in Cornwall) - although not actually the northernmost point (this honour belongs to Dunnet Head nearby), John o'Groats is certainly the northernmost settlement in the Britain Isles.


John o'Groats takes its name from one Jan de Groot, a Dutchman who obtained a grant for the ferry from the Scottish mainland to the island of Orkney, recently acquired from Norway, from the Scottish King James IV in 1496.


  • John o'Groats Tourist Information Centre, County Road, tel +44 (0)1955 611373, fax +44 (0) 1955 611448, open Easter-October - information on travel, accommodation, local services and emergency services - also stocks a range of books, maps, gifts and souvenirs.
  • the Last House and Last House Museum
  • the Castle of Mey [2], 6 miles west of John o'Groats towards Thurso - the Caithness residence of the late Queen Mum, lovingly restored by her after the death of her husband King George VI in 1952
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