John O’Groats Caravan & Camping Site
John O’Groats Caravan & Camping Site is set at the most northerly part of the UK – John O’Groats, 874 miles from Lands End in Cornwall.
The relaxing site has fine panoramic views of the Pentland Firth, one of the most dangerous shipping channels in the world with its strong ebbing and flowing sea currents and spectacular tidal races.
To your left you will see the Island of Stroma, three and a half kilometres from the mainland, inhabited by a seal colony and the occasional visitor. In front of you will see the Orkney Islands from Hoy on your left then to South Walls, Flotta, South Ronaldsay and Pentland Skerries to your extreme right.
John O’Groats Caravan & Camping Site welcomes touring caravans, motorhomes and tents to its 4 acres of grass and hardstanding pitches with electric hook-ups available.
Facilities include showers, hand basins, shaving points, chemical disposal toilet, hairdryer, laundry, deep sinks, washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities.
OUT AND ABOUT
• Heritage Museum in Wick, (open May to September) which displays the life of the town and surrounding area over the past 100 years or so. There are displays depicting the local way of life when herring fishing was at its height.
• Castle of Mey, the Queen Mothers Caithness home is just s few minutes drive away and is open to the public from May to September.
• Broch Museum at Auchengill (open June to September).
• The Last House John O’Groats has a museum depicting life during the final years that the island of Stroma was inhabited.
• Mary Ann’s Cottage, in the village of Dunnet, shows how life was lived in Caithness a 100 years ago. The house has all the original furnishings and the farm buildings contain a lot of the original implements used on the Croft.
• There is also a day trip from John O’Groats to the Orkney Islands. this encompasses the Churchill Barriers, constructed during the War, Scapa Flow is visited, along with Italian Chapel and Skara Brae which is the oldest Neolithic Village in Europe, plus many other historical sights. The Maxi Tour also allows a couple of hours in the island capital of Kirkwall, a typical island town, where there is an extensive museum and also the very beautiful St Magnus Cathedral.
• A roll-on roll-off ferry operates from Gills Bay to St Mary’s Hope in Orkney three times daily.
• The Camster Cairns, near Watten, are ancient burial mounds and are well worth a visit.
• Walkers will find many miles of wild rugged coastline to explore, many with sites of historical interest.
• The local towns of Wick and Thurso both have excellent leisure facilities for wet days, including a cinema and a ten pin bowling alley.
John O’Groats Caravan & Campsite