John O’Groats to get revamp

One of Scotlands most famous but run down tourist attractions is getting a revamp, John O’Groats will see the 6 million redevelopment begin this month.


Hoping to improve the towns tourist appeal, the most north easterly point in main land Britian John O’Groats, offering some amazing views but has been criticised for being run down and under-developed.


Beginning phase one will be the revamp of The John O’Groats Hotel, currently a derelict eyesore.


The first phase of the project, which will cost £1.8million, also includes the building of 19 luxury apartments and 23 standalone holiday residences.


The Last House Museum and Journey’s End café will be given a face-lift, a new harbour square will be built and the coastal paths to Duncansby Head and the John O’Groats Mill will also be revamped.


The redevelopment is hoped to be completed in time for the Olympic torch to pass through next year and showcase the town’s appeal to the world.


Highlands and Islands Enterprises, Scotland’s economic and community development agency, is providing £1.8million of the funding.


The remainder is being provided by private sources, including luxury self-catering holiday company Natural Retreats.


Ewan Kearney, Natural Retreats director, said: ‘We are delighted with the progress to date of this ambitious project and are confident that together with our partners and the local community we will create an outstanding tourism experience in the North Highlands and help future generations enjoy this famous Scottish landmark.’

John O’Groats plans


Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: ‘John O’Groats’ unique status as the most northerly point of the UK mainland has always seen it attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, explorers and, of course, fundraisers.


‘The planned investment represents a fantastic step forward for the town, making it an even more attractive destination for intrepid travellers from all over the world.’