Natural Retreats - John O’Groats
Located at the most northerly tip of mainland Britain, John O’Groats has long been established as an iconic destination, attracting tourists wishing to visit the most northerly part of the country and acting as the start or end point to many a challenging Land’s End to John O’Groats fundraising rally.
Now, thanks to a multi-million pound investment from a combination of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Heritage GB and luxury eco-tourism brand Natural Retreats, John O’Groats has world-class tourist facilities worthy of its world-famous status.
Tucked away in this tiny hamlet at the very edge of the United Kingdom, Natural Retreats have created the hidden gem of the far north.
Visitors to the area are invited to stay in absolute luxury whilst venturing into this largely untouched landscape. Whether exploring the rugged headland of Dunnet Bay – just 11 miles away, the awe-inspiring coastal stacks at Duncansby, or simply strolling along the scenic beach at John O’Groats itself, tired travellers can sink in to their very own roll-top bath, enjoy local cuisine, or just relax in front of the large, scene-framing windows overlooking the Pentland Firth in their private suite after a long day of adventures.
The Inn at John O’Groats, formerly the John O’Groats Hotel, which has been lovingly restored as part of the substantial investment, boasts bespoke self-catering apartments with a choice of 1, 2 or 4 bedrooms, each with their own individual charm and all the amenities you would expect.
Set within the grounds of the Inn, Natural Retreats also offer a collection of eco-friendly cabins, all with extensive glass frontage through which natural light can pour into your home, whilst offering extensive, unique views of the splendid scenery.
Sustainability and use of locally sourced materials have been an integral part of the Natural Retreats ethos, and is reflected in the regeneration project for John O’Groats. Their eco-lodges feature the use of Caithness stone, Scottish lark timber and sedum roofs in their construction, while their Storehouse Café offers produce and goods supplied by local businesses.
To complement their renovation of the landmark John O’Groats Hotel, Natural Retreats also created an eco-tourism hub, with the construction of their eco-consciously designed Outfitters activity centre. Built with environmentally conscious construction methods and cutting edge design, Outfitters offers the more adventurous guest an extensive array of excursions and equipment to ensure a truly memorable stay.
Remarkably easy to get to, Natural Retreats at John O’Groats is just a 25 minute drive from Wick Airport, which has excellent links to both Aberdeen and Edinburgh, offering an array of onward travel options. For those who don’t fancy flying, travelling by train from Inverness gives the opportunity to experience one of the UK’s most scenic rail journeys.
Car hire is also available from both Inverness and Wick, and the 2.5hour drive from Inverness gives the opportunity to enjoy some of the country’s finest coastal scenery on the way – perhaps incorporating the newly-established North Coast 500 route?