Drive from Watten to John O’Groats via Canisbay

Here is a complete car journey from Watten to John O’Groats in Caithness, North Scotland, heading north east along internal roads via Canisbay, near Gills Bay on a wet mid afternoon in early December.

The journey passes by Loch Watten, onwards towards Lyth (home to Lyth Arts Centre) and through Canisbay.

Which is the best route to Gills Bay from Inverness?
Much of the route filmed here is recommended by Google as the quickest way to Gills Bay harbour from Inverness. However most of this road is single track and the surfaces are variable quality, which may slow journey time. For alternative routes consider the A99 to John O’Groats. Gills Bay is just over 3 miles from John O'Groats.  

Ferries to Orkney
John O’Groats is one of three harbours on the far north coast of Scotland with a ferry service to the Orkney Isles. The service from John O’Groats runs to Burwick, with onward transfer to Kirkwall. It is operated by John O’Groats Ferries as a passenger-only service. However cars can be taken to Orkney via alternative services operating from Gills Bay or Scrabster harbours.

The total drive takes around 41 minutes. This video is accelerated and plays at four times the normal speed.

Journey highlights (with time stamps)
00:00 B870, Watten, Caithness

00:48 B874, Watten, Caithness

00:56 B870, Watten, Caithness

02:33 B876 near Kirk, Caithness

03:01 Road to Lyth, Caithness

04:03 Road to Gills, Caithness

07:27 Road to Canisbay, Caithness; left turn for Barrock, Gills and Gills Bay

08:22 Road to Canisbay, Caithness

08:38 Canisbay, Caithness

09:07 A836 near Huna, Caithness

10:00 A99, John O’Groats, Caithness

Further resources
See the drive from Inverness to John O'Groats or our complete guides to John O’Groats, Scrabster and the Castle of Mey.