Things To Do In John O'Groats | Natural Retreats
John O'Groats Guide
with xplore expert Lauren J

Why we love John O'Groats

John O'Groats goes hand-in-hand with adventure, tucked away at the very North of the Great British coastline, there's plenty of ocean-front activities to try and unusual wildlife to spot. To help you get the most out of your visit, our Highlands expert Helen has outlined a sample 3-day itinerary for you to enjoy.

Tucked away in an area of outstanding beauty and wild Scottish landscapes this coastal hideaway is just 11 miles from Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland Britain. As the home of adventure and the starting point for many embarking on the famous 'End to End' journey to Land's End in England, this breath-taking corner of Scotland has some of the most stunning hidden beaches and weird and wonderful wildlife to discover.

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DAY 01

Explore The Islands

Once you've settled in to our stunning seafront lodges, start your Highland fling with a day trip to the nearby Orkney Islands. This incredible collection of abandoned villages and epic scenery is the perfect introduction to the natural wonders Scotland has to offer. Spot killer whales and seals from the ferry on your journey home as you watch the incredible sunsets settle on another day.

Meet The Locals

DAY 02

Feast on Scottish Fayre


Start the day right

Start your day with a hearty and delicious breakfast in The Storehouse, perfectly paired with an epic view of the mighty Pentland Firth right from your table.



The Castle of Mey is steeped in history and was regularly frequented by the Royal family, and the Old Pulteney Distillery offers fabulous Whisky tours to warm the cockles!


Sweet Dreams

Retire to your cosy, whisper-soft beds in the evening and sleep peacefully after another day of adventure.

Indulgent Local Dishes

DAY 03

Adventures Galore

Start another day of self-catering bliss with an on-foot adventure using the latest Geocaching technology to discover hidden beaches, and a grey seal herd or two. Pack up a picnic and explore the Duncansby Stacks for the selfie of a lifetime, before enjoying a brisk walk back to our seafront sanctuary for a relaxing cup of frothy coffee from our on-site Storehouse.

End The Day In Relaxation

Local Tips & Expertise

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Our Top 3's in the Area

Lauren J

John O'Groats Xplore Team Member

I love the dramatic scenery of the Highlands, and am always looking for an adventure or two in the great outdoors.