3,100 miles from New York City, John O’ Groats is the second northernmost point in Scotland. Yes, they’ll say they are the most northern point, but that honor actually goes to Dunnet Head a few miles east of this point.
The Inn at John O’Groats is the an imitation of the iconic former John O’Groats hotel that was originally built in 1875. This hotel is part of Natural Retreats’ multi-million pound regeneration of this picturesque natural wilderness in Caithness in the North of Scotland. After extensive renovations and additions, the hotel re-opened in September of 2013. Over the last two years the hotel has been restored and a new Norse style rental flats added which provides a dramatic splash of color against the coastal landscape. (From John O’ Groats official website)
There isn’t much to John O’ Groats, which is part of the appeal. One of Scotland’s main walking trails, which criss-cross the better part of the UK, go through the town and continue eastward along the waterway. Stroma, and island between John O’ Groats and the Orkney Islands. Our guide invited one of the local businessmen to come aboard our coach and give us a talk about the town so we could hear the distinctive dialect of the area. Our guide, a scholar from Edinburgh who was born in west Highlands, said he could only listen to this dialect for a short amount of time before holding his ears. In jest, of course. There is tremendous pride in Scotland – district as well as for the country overall. Intense pride. The Scottish people are as delightful as the countryside. I’m in enamored with Scotland.