"John O' Groats - No, Surrounding Coast - YES!" Top 5 Page for this destination John O'Groats by nickandchris
John O'Groats Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 60 photos
We weren't going to stop at John o'Groats, knowing it would be too touristy for our liking but in the end, we had to as we were passing directly by it.
Our overall impression was of a huge carpark, lots of souvenir shops, fast food outlets and hundreds of foreigners. I guess this place is like a magnet to them, they have to be able to say they have been here!
There is a signpost with various worldwide destinations and their mileage from John o'Groats but please note, if you wish to photogragh it, you will have to pay! and it is taken down at night time so you can't sneak a photo then (walk down to the harbour and there is another one that is free!)
The large John o'Groats hotel is a strange sight here, derelict but with vivid murals painted all over. I thought it rather out of place but then maybe not with all the other tourist tat on offer.
The nicest feature here is the harbour where fishing boats still work from and pleasure trips leave for Stroma and to view the sealife. Ferries also depart for Orkney from here and there is a seperate carpark for customers.
This page's tips are about the places nearby we visited.
- Pros:Free car park!!
- Cons:Over-hyped and over commercialised.
- In a nutshell:Nothing worth seeing apart from views of Stroma.
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