Finger post at John o’Groats (John o’ Groats lies on Great Britain’s northeastern tip, and is popular with tourists as one end of the longest distance between two inhabited British points on the mainland, with Land’s End in Cornwall lying 876 mi (1,410 km) southwest), Caithness, Scotland.
In contrast to the drama of Dunnet Head, John o’ Groats consists anticlimactically of tourist shops and a noisy campsite despite the famous name and geographical significance. So after a quick photo by the fingerpost, I camp at the ness of Duncansby to consider the 3,924 miles I’ve walked from Lands End. The last time I was here was in 1996, having walked from Land’s End over 81 days when I got so drunk on drams of whisky proffered by friendly locals in the pub the best I could do in putting up the tent was wrap it loosely around my body.
Posing, John o’Groats, Caithness, Scotland.
Stickers on the finger post at John o’Groats, Caithness, Scotland.
John o’ Groats, Caithness, Scotland.
John o’ Groats! That’s 3,924 miles walked from Lands End via the west coast in 250 days (2-5 week sections over the last three years, unsupported, mostly wild camping).
A 21-year-old me in 1996, the last time I was here, having walked from Land’s End in 1,060 miles over 81 days.
This was my Land’s End to John o’ Groats walking route in 1996 avoiding roads as much as possible: Dartmoor, Exmoor, Offa’s Dyke, Pennine Way and over the Cairngorms.
One of the only signs I saw for the poorly marked North Highland Way – now I’ve almost finished the route!
South! I can’t believe it!
Camp, John o’Groats, Caithness, Scotland.
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Sounds like that was a good night out in 1996!