Whether you prefer speeding around the coast on a boat ride whilst taking in the marine life, or melting away the stress and strains of everyday life with our spa treatments, a Natural Retreats holiday at John O’Groats lets you explore and discover the spectacular beauty of Caithness.
Providing everything you need for a range of outdoor activities, our Outfitters centre can help you with equipment, clothing and supplies. You can book activities before your trip through our Concierge service or during your stay at the Outfitters.
Read on for a list of activities, or download our brochure (PDF, 2mb) on all there is to do at John o’Groats.
There’s plenty to discover around the coast here, and the most exhilarating way to explore it is on our boat ride, speeding across the waves towards Stroma and along the dramatic coastline around the Stacks of Duncansby. You’ll see Scottish wildlife up close, with the chance to see orca and minke whales as they migrate, plus smaller marine mammals such as grey seals, porpoises and dolphins – not to mention birdlife such as kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, shags and puffins (depending on the time of year). We’ll provide lifejackets and waterproofs, so just bring your sea legs – and look forward to an unforgettable experience!
The best local produce and provisions – only a stone’s throw away! We pride ourselves on aiding sustainability in our local economies, which is why we have created an on-site co-operative shop where you can find anything from freshly baked bread to local speciality cheese. Our Storehouse also boasts a local produce café , so you can enjoy local delicacies without having to prepare – heaven!
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Explore John O’Groats by bike and you’ll be amazed at the variety of things you’ll discover on your journey. From the dramatic cliffs overlooking Stroma to the spectacular Dunnet Head (the true most northerly point), there’s something for all.
How better to explore this beautiful region than on foot? Our guide will help you discover the hidden treasures of the area, including some of Scotland’s finest wildlife. Highlights include the breath-taking sea stacks at Duncansby and Shell Beach, made entirely of broken sea shells!
Explore the hidden delights of Caithness with geocaching, a real life outdoor treasure hunt! Pick up a GPS unit and discover abandoned piers, hidden beaches and the wonders that nature has to offer, whilst searching high and low for treasure hidden away from the usual tourist destinations.
Discover the finest whiskies that Scotland has to offer with our resident whisky expert. Whether it’s a Highland malt or one from the islands, we will guide your taste buds on an intimate journey through the regions.
The ultimate in getting away from it all. Unwind with our therapeutic spa treatments and let our beautician take you on a journey of total relaxation.
Other highlights include playing 18 holes at the stunning Wick Golf Club, visiting Castle of Mey (the Queen Mother’s former residence) tasting the local tipple on an Old Pulteney whisky distillery tour, fishing, horse riding, walks in Dunnet Forest and day trips to the picturesque island of Orkney.
Download our brochure (PDF, 2mb) on activites at John o’Groats.
We offer luxury as standard, but that's the only thing that is standard about our residences. Each offers something unique and memorable, a different accent on luxury that ensures every visit reveals a new experience. From our award-winning eco-lodges at John o'Groats & the Yorkshire Dales to our luxury apartments at Fistral Beach in Cornwall, all are superbly appointed and ideally located for the perfect UK self catering holiday.
Treat yourself to a relaxing or romantic weekend immersed in the luxury of our retreats. Or use it as the ideal base for your favourite activity: surfing, hiking, cycling, diving or exploring the local attractions. Return home feeling re-energised and ready for a new week. And start planning your next Natural Retreats break.
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Nothing comes close to a Natural Retreats holiday for memorable experiences. Whether it be touring the romantic Yorkshire Dales, exploring the beautiful Welsh or Cornish coastline, or hiking in the rugged beauty of the Highlands of Scotland, you’re always close to something to do that will leave you with lasting memories of your holiday.
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