Prologue: John O’Groats

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“Caithness”

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The visitor centre at John O’Groats.

A quick, mainly flat excursion, across the sparse landscape of Caithness, to John O’Groats. Neither the most northerly or north-easterly point of the UK mainland, it is however the traditional end of the road for LEJOGers. A short distance away is Duncansby Head (the most north-easterly point) and Dunnet Head (the most northerly point).

Travel
Train from Edinburgh, changing at Inverness. Arrive 1745 but will have 4-5 hours of daylight still, so cycling to John O’Groats, Dunnet Head or Holborn Head.

Distance: 63km
Climb: 242m
BRT Time: 3h 28
Max Height: 66m (Mey Hill)
Off-road Sections: None
Accommodation: In Thurso

Itinerary

  • Thurso: 0km
  • Castletown: 8km
  • John O’Groats: 32km (Stop 1)
  • Castletown: 55km
  • Thurso: 63km

Hills

  • Mey Hill: 50m in 2.5km (2%) kotm

Extras

  • John O’Groats to Duncansby Head: 6km
  • Ham – Dunnet Head – Dunnet: 16km, including 120m in 4km (3%)

Contigency
Remain in Thurso.

Cycle Shops
Thurso.

Average July Weather
Thurso: Max 18°C. 42% chance of rain.

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