The end of the road at John o'Groats

The end of the road at John o'Groats

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Are you a big fan of cycling? Can you imagine yourself finding the most picturesque landscapes in the entire UK and spending time in the Scottish coastal village of John o’Groats? This tiny place will definitely take your breath away, since it combines unspoiled scenery and fascinating wildlife that includes a wide array of bird life on the local cliffs, as well as seals, dolphins, minke and killer whales. Scotland, as well as the whole of the UK, is very well known because of the incredible landscapes you find, and in this story, I am going to tell you about the previously mentioned village that is incredibly unique due to its extreme location.

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Picture credit © iStock/arcosa

John o'Groats is a very small village 2.5 miles (4 km) NE of the village of Canisbay, in the far north of Scotland. John o'Groats lies on Great Britain's north-eastern tip, and is a very popular place amongst tourists as it is one end of the longest distance between two inhabited British points on the mainland, with Land's End in Cornwall lying 876 miles (1,410 km) to the southwest. It is almost the most northerly point on the island of Britain (since Dunnet Head is farther north). John o’Groats is also the place where a challenging and iconic long distance ride finishes. The Land’s End to John o’Groats ride spans the length of mainland UK from the gorgeous beaches of Cornwall (check out this article to find out more about some of the best beaches in Cornwall) to the stunning countryside of northern Scotland.

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Picture credit © iStock/arcosa
Duncansby Head
Duncansby Head
Duncansby Head, United Kingdom

I truly believe that cycling is one of the best ways to explore places and find the most beautiful landscapes ever. Undertaking this awesome cycling route also means that you will pass through some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes in the United Kingdom. Besides, you could feel proud of having completed one of the most challenging rides the UK has to offer, since the difficulty of this long route is quite high. There is no official route from Land's End to John o'Groats (also called LEJOG, JOGLE or End to End), instead there are many routes detailed in various guides and websites.

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So why not spend several days in this incredible Scottish area if you feel like having an adventure. There are many things to do, starting from taking the typical picture by the popular landmark "Journey's End" signpost at John o'Groats, walking along the north coast (from John O’Groats to Duncansby Head where you’ll see two incredible sea stacks), and spotting the Northern Lights, which can often be seen from Caithness, dancing in clear skies over Orkney

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Picture credit © iStock/Elizabeth M. Ruggiero

Isn’t it an amazing place?

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Helena Guerrero Gonzalez

Helena Guerrero Gonzalez

I’m a seeker of energy and life, currently living in Spain, although I have lived in the UK too. Travelling, exploring, making new friends along the way and sharing my personal experiences are essential parts of my life.

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