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John O'Groats

If you still feel inclined to visit this old tourist trap, then that's your prerogative, but don't say we didn't warn you. It's kind of boring at best and pretty miserable most of the time. It gets its name from the Dutchman Jan de Groot, who was commissioned by King James IV to run a ferry service to Orkney in 1496. Ferries still operate from here to Burwick in Orkney (see Transport below). There's a Tourist Information Centre here (Tel. 611373, open April-October Monday-Saturday 0900-1700), as well as a post office, craft shops and a chippie.

  • John O'Groats Hotels & Accommodation

    John O'Groats House Hotel, Tel. 611203, which has a restaurant. There are also several B&Bs, including the very decent Bencorragh House, at Upper Gills in Canisbay, a few miles west, T611449, open Mar-Oct. Also in Canisbay is the SYHA Youth Hostel, open 19 Mar-31 Oct. There are a couple of campsites, at John O'Groats and further west by the beach at Huna. The tourist office will help you find accommodation.

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