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)
02:29 Right turn for Castle and Gardens of Mey
02:39 Right turn for Scarfskerry
03:22 Right turn for Ham, Brough and Dunnet Head
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
05:29 Right turn for Castlehill Heritage Centre and the Flagstone Trail
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
See the drive from Inverness to John O’Groats, the first section of the North Coast 500. Also read our complete guide to Scrabster.