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The Start of Great Britain

By Linda Tancs

Scotland’s Highland coastal village of John O’ Groats is, as the locals will tell you, the northerly end of the longest distance between two points on the  British mainland (the other being Land’s End).  For heaven’s sake, don’t call it the most northerly place on mainland Britain; that honor goes to Dunnet Head.  Either the start of Great Britain or the end of the road (depending on how you look at things), this rugged outpost is just six miles from the Orkney islands, an area boasting over 5000 years of history.  Enjoy a coastal walk from John O’ Groats along the north coast to Duncansby Head Lighthouse and onto the massive rock stacks called the Stacks of Duncansby.

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