Helpful owners, excellent views, however for the prices charged poor quality facilities. Some modernisation of the toilet blocks would bring its own rewards. They are clean, in good decorative order but as old as the hills and in need of modernisation. I did not use them but the vans due to this. The site is a good base for travelling, though we would not return to a featureless drab place compared with the rest of the highlands. The centre development paid for by EC funds contains 2 shops open and 8 closed, a snack bar and cafe as well as the ferry terminal, crowded at weekends with coach parties milling about with nothing to do.
After a long days travelling from Ullapool on the West Coast, it was a relief to finally reach the furthest part of our journey. The weather was fantastic, no wind, clear skies and really quite warm. We booked in at reception and were told to pitch where we like. There is plenty of room and the ground is soft, so nice and easy to get the pegs in. It was grass that had just been cut however, so in the morning when it was wet with dew, it got everywhere! The views from the site are fantastic, you will probably see a few Seals too. As other people have commented, the toilet and shower block, although clean, are really in need of an update. They remind me of the toilets we had in the school playground! The site is a good stop off place for onward travel, but there isnt really anything to do in the place itself. A few shops, a cafe and the ferry terminal. A walk along the beach in the evening was probably the highlight to be fair. If you are up that way at the correct time of year, chances are you may see the Northern Lights too!
Stayed for two nights in this lovely campsite with open views across to Orkney and we had the company of seals playing in the sea in front of our van. The site is very close to the ferry terminal for Orkney and we had a lovely day trip from the pier by ferry and coach to the sights of this beautiful island all organised from the site. The campsite is very clean with excellent facilities and the site owners are very friendly and helpful. My wife unfortunately became seriously ill whilst in John O Groats but the excellent lady GP in nearby Canisbray who the site owners directed us to soon had her sorted and admitted to Caithness General Hospital in Wick where she stayed for 9 days before I could get her home to Cheshire. We will definitely return to continue our adventure when she is well enough.
The John O Groats Caravan and Camping site is uniquely positioned on the headland at John O Groats, next to the ‘first & last house’ and overlooking the small harbour with its ferry service to the Orkneys. The expected range of tourist facilities are all within spitting distance, including the old hotel which (sadly) is currently being re-developed into holiday flats. However, what is really special about this location is its stunning views across the Pentland Firth to the Orkneys and in particular the nearest island of Stroma.
We stayed here on the second night of a family motorhome tour around Scotland, at the end of August (2012). This was our first such holiday, as well as our first Scottish holiday.
After a full day’s tour up the coast from Aviemore, we were keen to get ourselves set up and find somewhere to go for our evening meal. We arrived somewhere near 7pm and as it turns out, the staff (owners?) were waiting for us to arrive before closing the office/reception for the night. Despite having to wait for us, they were most friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately for us the only place available at this time for the family to eat was a rather uninspiring looking pub / hotel / guesthouse thing about a mile up the road. We elected to jump in the van and drive up the coast road until we found something a little more appealing. What we found was the Castle Arms in Mey - eight miles away. A little gem of a place this, with cosy bar and restaurant. Nothing too fancy just good food, good company and the hosts were excellent (and a room of photos of the Queen mum).
At John O Groats there are three cafes amongst the touristy facilities but all were closed by 7pm.
As it turned out this was to be the second cheapest site we visited over the week - but this should not be viewed as a reflection of the facilities or the service to be found there. True, there is no clubhouse, children’s playground, shop or swimming pool but when you can pitch up on the cliffs at the north-east tip of Great Britain, with magnificent panoramic views across to the Orkneys, such things really do pale into insignificance.
The separate male & female WC & shower facilities are bright, spacious and spotlessly clean. In between is a laundry room with wash up facility which we didn’t use but looked to have all the necessary bits & pieces.
There are a number of fresh water supply points dotted around the site along with a single waste ‘water’ disposal shed/facility.
I did not come across a grey water disposal point but will admit to not searching very hard.
There are both grass and hard standing (gravel) pitches with electric hook up available for caravans and motorhomes, as well as the extensive spaces available for tents.
Overall we thought this was a great campsite and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.
We weren't planning on visiting this site but came further north to avoid the midges! so glad we did. The site is immaculate. Clean toilets, large free showers with plenty of hot water. We pitched overlooking the sea in a beautiful spot. Sat watching seals swimming by at night.
Duncansby stacks is a must place to visit. One tip- follow the fence instead of the path and you'll find a gate that leads you to a fantastic spot. Nobody went down there till they saw us and followed. Pub just outside the site and a shop too. Was expecting the place to be very touristy but it wasn't. Just a perfect place to stay
24 Review in total, now showing 1 to 6Next
Submit a review to UKCampsite.co.uk of any caravan park or campsite, for a chance to win a caravan towing course or motorhome manoeuvring course worth up to £145, or £100 of Amazon vouchers, courtesy of The Caravan Club. Join the Club for just £44 per year to enjoy access to a great range of caravan sites, benefits and special offers.
If you've visited this site, then please submit a review for a chance to win.
All reviews and comments are the personal opinion of the review author only , and as such do not represent the view of the UK Camp Site.co.uk.
The facilities shown on this website are a guide only, and you should check with the campsite direct before making any booking. The UKCampsite.co.uk will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions