Holiday in John O'Groats - stay on the north coast of Scotland

John O'Groats holiday cottages

John O'Groats - a magical name meaning the 'end of the road' - is a faraway, romantic place to many, and an unforgettable location for a self-catering holiday. Not the most northern village, but the northern end of the longest distance between two points on the UK mainland, John O'Groats holiday cottages have superb panoramic views across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Visit the charming 'Last House in Scotland', with a museum and shop filled with glimpses of the town's fascinating past. Find out more about the story of Jan de Groot, the original Ferryman between Orkney and the mainland, who lent his name to the town. Explore the magnificent, rugged coastline around John O'Groats; the lovely Sannick Bay is a favourite place to spot sunbathing seals, and rare seabirds nest in the rock ledges along the coast in summer. A scenic footpath leads from John O'Groats to Duncansby Head, the real northern-most tip of the mainland, home to a romantically isolated lighthouse and incredible views across the sea. A short walk leads to the stunning view south to the Stacks of Duncansby; huge jagged stacks of rock tower over the water and make for a great photo opportunity.

The best way to experience the spectacular beauty of the area's coastline is to take one of the many boat trips available from John O'Groats harbour in the summer months - very accessible from your holiday cottage at John O'Groats. Frequent ferries are available for day trips to the peaceful Orkney Islands; wildlife cruises depart from the harbour, and the more adventurous can take an exhilarating adventure trip exploring the hidden treasures of the Caithness coast. The stunning Dunnet Bay, with its golden sands and abundant wildlife, is just 10 miles away from the town. Take a guided walk led by a local Countryside Ranger, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of this idyllic retreat whilst you enjoy your stay in a holiday cottage at John O' Groats.

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