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Above, The famous
 Groatie Buckies.
Caithness has a lot to offer the visitor, all within easy travelling distance of our site in John O'Groats. There are a large number of archaeological sites. The Cairns of Camster are certainly worth a visit, as is the Viking museum at Auckengill. There is a wildlife ranger service at Dunnet with guided walks for those who wish to discover the best places to view the varied flora and fauna. In Wick you can visit the Heritage Centre and take a journey back in time and see how Caithness people lived and worked. They have a particularly impressive collection of artefacts from the boom time in Wick during the 'Herring Fishing' period.
   For the sporty visitor there are three golf clubs, river, loch and sea fishing all close at hand.

         

     WHAT TO DO AND SEE

 


Ferry

Coastal footpath


Duncansby Stacks 


Guillemots

At the entrance to the caravan and camping site is the booking office for the passenger ferry, above, which does day trips to Orkney.

Having relaxed after your journey and settled at our site, then a sightseeing trip to Duncansby Head (about 3km) will be pleasantly rewarding. As you travel the coastline past the shell beaches where the famous 'Groatie Buckies', the European Cowrie (Cypus Europea) is cast upon the shore by the tides along with large quantities of other beautiful shell, you will reach Duncansby Head Lighthouse where you cannot fail to be impressed by the breathtaking views of the Pentland Firth, the Islands of Orkney , Stacks of Duncansby and the abundant bird life in season.


Grey Seals

Canisby Kirk


Castle of Mey


Caastle of Mey gardens

Returning back to the site you will be able to see other visitors to John O'Groats inquisitively watching you enjoying your stay. These will be 'Grey Seals', often seen swimming close to the beach.

Travelling west towards Thurso you will see Canisbay Church, where Jan De Groot (our namesake) is buried and whose tombstone is inside the church porch.

Canisbay Church is also the church the Queen Mother attended while on holiday at her northern most home, the Castle of Mey, which is only a few kilometres along the road towards Thurso, now open to the public.
    Prince Charles now holidays at the castles in August and also attends the local Mey Games carrying on the tradition started by the Queen Mother. 


Last House

Craft Village


Ferry wildlife cruise


Puffins
The Last House in Scotland is adjacent to our site and is now a shop, a booking facility for a ridged inflatable coastal cruise and bike hire. Around the free car park are situated  2 Coffee Shops/Cafes, a Woollen Mill, Souvenir Shops and the Craft Village featuring Candle Makers, Ice Cream and Confectionery shop, and john O'Groats Gallery where you can buy paintings, prints, cards and a wide range of gifts, toys and books.

At the peak of the season the John O'Groat passenger ferry runs wildlife cruises where you can get close up to the seal colonies on Stroma and the massive breeding bird colonies on the cliffs of Duncansby Head including the comical Puffin. Other boats  for wildlife tours and fishing trips can also be arranged from the harbour.

Further details about all the above can be supplied from the reception at the entrance to the site.