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towards the magical John O'Groats

Right at the tip of the Great British Isles lies the magical, breathtaking wilds of the North Highland coast. Nestled among white sand beaches, hoards of grey seals, turquoise waters and dramatic cliff faces lies serene John O'Groats - luxury at the end of the road. Whether searching out an action-fuelled adventure on the surf, seeking out utter relaxation in a unique and captivating location or planning a family escape where you can explore new cultures and discover new wildlife, this seafront sanctuary has something for all.

The North Coast 500

One way to discover our little slice of coastal heaven, is to navigate your way around the unforgettable North Coast 500 route. With more than 500 miles of the best the North Highlands has to offer, Scotland's answer to Route 66 offers a new scenic route showcasing the very best of the sprawling Scottish beaches, fascinating ruins, fairy-tale castles and mysterious lochs. Starting in Inverness the route snakes up the beautiful West Coast, edges along the rugged North Coast and returns via the peaceful East Coast.

This family friendly adventures offers a hive of activity, with hundreds of things to see and do, whether it be wildlife spotting, climbing mountains, tucking into delicious local dishes or laying back on the sands - there is something for everyone on the North Coast 500.

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'The Search For Surf'

We were really excited to recently be part of a unique collaboration of talented athletes, celebrities, creative minds and incredible products that culminated in the Gumball 3000 Exploration Surf Trip. A hand-picked group of 12 extraordinary individuals set sail for the Scottish highlands, seeking out the best surf to prove once and for all that our home-grown coastline is some of the best in the world.

Using our cosy 3-bedroom lodges as the ultimate retreat, they took to the waves in style and during their stay discovered hidden beaches, incredible local wildlife and unforgettable luxury with Natural Retreats. If that wasn't enough, they were also lucky enough to have front row seats (or deck chairs!) to the legendary Northern Lights display.

We've been sharing their adventures via our Instagram page, so make sure to FOLLOW US for more on their fascinating story.

To book your stay at John O'Groats, call our Xplore Team on 01625 416430 for the latest availability and special offers.

3 Beaches You Have To Visit


Shell Beach, Duncansby Head

5 minutes drive from John O'Groats


Duncansby Stacks

5 minutes drive from John O'Groats


Robert's Haven

20 minutes walk from John O'Groats