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John O'Groats is the furthest village from Land's End on the British mainland - a full 876 miles separates the two points. The name derives from Jan de Groot, one of three brothers who arrived in the area in 1496 with a commission from King James 1V to operate a ferry between the mainland and Orkney. The area is still very much a farming and crofting area. The small harbour is mainly used by lobster and crab fishing boats.
A passenger ferry still runs from John O'Groats to Orkney during the summer months and you can take a day tour of the islands. The ferry company also run daily wildlife tours round the cliffs and Stoma. A high speed jet boat does trips round Stroma or over to the Stacks of Duncansby - an exciting speed trip stopping to let you see the sites.
There is an interesting craft complex at John O'Groats comprising knitwear, candle making, a pottery and a satin craft studio. There is also a small museum called The Last House.
O'Groats - 1926
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