John O' Groats Harbour

Busy harbour at the end of the road - and country - if you're travelling the length of mainland Britain.

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  • Large car park with a small charge for visitors.


  • Fitness Level 1: Very Easy
  • Pram Accessible
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Additional Information

The harbour at John O' Groats is home to the MV Pentland Venture, a small ferry that carries foot passengers across to Orkney between May and September. Luxury bus tours of Orkney and wildlife cruises are also on offer.

The small harbour is used by local lobster and crab fishing boats. Nearby, there are a variety of shops and eateries, a camping/caravan site, and accommodation.

You can use the harbour car park as a base to explore the coastline, with trails to John O' Groats Mill to the west and Sannick Bay to the east.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

John O' Groats is named after Dutchman Jan de Groot, one of three brothers who arrived in the area in 1496. King James IV granted a licence for de Groot to operate the ferry between the harbour, which was to take his name, and Orkney.

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