are good reasons to go to John O'Groats.
- There is a very
ferry (often see whales/seals etc) and an organised tour
of Orkney (takes in all the major sites).
- There are several
trips that can take you for a sea side view of the coast.
- There are some shops
and a café and parking is free.
- There is the signpost
for a photo opportunity.
at Duncansby Head not only is the view of the stacks magnificent
but you can get very close to the ample birdlife (you don't need
binoculars) and see seals around the cliff base. There are rare
flowers and a spongy feel to the ground when you walk. Most of
all, you really will feel that you are on the top of the world
with only nature and wide horizons around.
for the most Northerly point you have to go to Dunnet Head. It
is a bit of a drive but well worth it for that "top of the world"
feeling. If you are a "lighthouse bagger" both Dunnet
Head and Duncansby
Head are Stevenson family lighthouses.
hints about places to see on the road up from Inverness and around
Caithness take a look at my printable
tour guide (PDF, 600Kb). It shows some
interesting places just off the main roads that could otherwise
be missed. Here are some of the many places worth visiting:- Castle
of Mey, Camster Cairns, Mary Ann's Cottage, Whaligoe Steps, Achavanich
Stones, Flagstone Trail in Castletown Wick Harbour & the Isabella
Fortuna, all of which are included in the guide.
If you want more details
of each of the places mentioned I suggest you click here.