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Britain By Car - A Motoring History

John o'Groats

A village situated near the north-eastern tip of the Scottish mainland, and a short distance from the coast.  The name is thought to be derived from the name of a Dutch settler, John de Groot, who built an eight-sided house on land close to where the Hotel now stands – a feature echoed in the design of the current building.

The starting point of the first motor car journey between John o’Groats and Land’s End.

The John o’Groats House Hotel, now known as the John o’Groats Inn, Caithness, KW1 4YR – at the northern end of the A99. 

October 1897

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