Drive from John O'Groats to Scrabster

Here is a complete car journey from John O’Groats to Scrabster in Caithness, North Scotland, heading west on a sunny day along the A836 and the A9 roads.

North Coast 500
This journey shows the next leg of the North Coast 500, a 500-mile road trip around the north coast of the Highlands. The full journey of the first leg from Inverness to John O’Groats is here.

Ferry to Orkney
For Orkney, this trip also passes two harbours with ferries headed for Orkney: Gills Bay (to St Margaret’s Hope) and Scrabster (to Stromness) - as well as John O’Groats itself which has a ferry to Burwick.

The total drive takes around 36 minutes. This video is accelerated and plays at four times the normal speed.

Journey highlights (with time stamps)
00:00 A836, John O’Groats, Caithness

00:48 and 01:00 Left turns for Canisbay

01:26 Right turn for Gills Bay (ferry to Orkney Isles)

02:27 Mey

02:29 Right turn for Castle and Gardens of Mey

02:39 Right turn for Scarfskerry

03:22 Right turn for Ham, Brough and Dunnet Head

03:58 Dunnet

04:05 Right turn for Northern Sands Hotel and Dunnet Bay Distillery

04:18 Right turn for Dunnet Bay and Dunnet Bay Camping Site

05:04 Right turn for Castlehill Heritage Centre and the Flagstone Trail

05:05 Castletown

05:29 Right turn for Castlehill Heritage Centre and the Flagstone Trail

06:09 Murkle

07:03 Thurso

07:28 Left turn for Wick and Inverness; right turn for Thurso, Scrabster and Tongue

07:30 A9, Thurso

07:58 Right turn for Thurso Camping Site and the Blue Door Coffee Shop and Diner

08:07 Right turn for Scrabster

08:44 Scrabster, Caithness

Further resources
See the drive from Inverness to John O’Groats, the first section of the North Coast 500. Also read our complete guide to Scrabster