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

11:17 Sutherland

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

22:08 Caithness

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

Further resources
See our complete guide to John O’Groats and the drive from John O'Groats to the Castle of Mey.