Drive from Inverness to John O'Groats
Here is a complete car journey from Inverness to John O’Groats in Caithness, North Scotland, heading north along the A9 and then the A99.
Inverness is the principal city in the Scottish Highlands with major transport connections nationally across the UK and Scotland as well as the Amsterdam, Netherlands.
It's also the starting point for the North Coast 500, a 500-odd mile road trip around the coastline of the Northern Highlands. It begins and ends in Inverness and drivers can choose whether to drive clockwise or anti-clockwise.
This video shows the first leg of the North Coast 500 travelling anti-clockwise, around 120 miles, to John O'Groats.
John O'Groats is the most north easterly point of mainland Scotland and one of three harbours on the far north coast of Scotland with a ferry service to the Orkney Isles.
The ferry service from John O'Groats runs to Burwick (with transfer to Kirkwall) and is operated by John O'Groats Ferries. This is a passenger-only ferry, however cars can be taken by ferry to Orkney via alternative services from the nearby harbours at Gills Bay and Scrabster on the Caithness coast.
The total drive takes around 2 hours 40 minutes (excluding breaks). This video is accelerated and plays at four times the normal speed.
Journey highlights (with time stamps)
00:00 Millburn Road, Inverness
00:27 A9, Inverness
01:00 Kessock Bridge, Inverness
02:32 Tore, Black Isle, Ross and Cromarty
04:06 Cromarty Bridge, Ross and Cromarty
04:29 Ardullie Roundabout, Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty
05:54 Struie Junction, Ross and Cromarty
06:23 Alness River
09:03 Nigg Roundabout, Ross and Cromarty
10:49 Meikle Ferry Roundabout, Ross and Cromarty
10:56 Dornoch Firth
11:25 River Evelix, Sutherland
14:52 Golspie, Sutherland
15:52 Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland
17:02 Brora, Sutherland
20:11 Portgower, Sutherland
20:50 Helmsdale, Sutherland
23:42 Berriedale Braes, Caithness
25:35 Dunbeath, Caithness
26:38 Latheronwheel, Caithness
26:56 A99, Latheron, Caithness
28:04 Lybster, Caithness
28:58 Mid Clyth, Caithness
29:26 East Clyth, Caithness
30:07 Ulbster, Caithness
31:10 Thrumster, Caithness
32:09 Wick, Caithness
34:08 Reiss, Caithness
35:49 Keiss, Caithness
36:34 Auckengill, Caithness
37:07 Freswick, Caithness
38:42 John O’Groats, Caithness
See our complete guide to John O’Groats and the drive from John O'Groats to the Castle of Mey.