Lu and Ad at the John O Groats Sign with blue skies during their NC500 road trip
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Send a Post Card from John O’Groats: The Ultimate Guide


About John O’Groats

John O’Groats is a village in the North of Scotland. The village is popular as the finish point for ‘end to end’ from Lands end, Cornwall. There is a campsite, lodges, a hotel, several cafes and some shops. However, the main attraction is The John O’Groats iconic signpost, which is possibly one of the most photographed signs in the UK. The famous signpost dates back to 1964, when it’s purpose was to mark the ‘Journey’s End’ at the very top of mainland UK. Back then, tourists were charged a fee to take photos with the attraction. These days, luckily for us, it is fully accessible and free of charge.  

Visiting John O’Groats on the NC500 route

If you are visiting the highlands, or more specifically doing the NC500 road trip, you’ll most likely be stopping off at the John O’Groats sign post, marking ‘the most northerly point’ of the trip. But, although it’s widely known by tourists to be the most Northerly point of Mainland Britain, technically, Dunnet Head is further North. Anyway, although John O’Groats isn’t officially the furthest point, it is in fact home to the most northerly post office in mainland Britain. So of course, what better way to mark that you’ve been there than sending a postcard home?

John O’Groats Post Office

Opening times for the post office: Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm.

Where to buy the postcard and stamps?

The ‘First and Last’ shop sell the postcards and stamps. They also sell many different gifts and souvenirs too. The ‘First and Last’ is also the signing in point for the end-to-end route, from Lands’ End.

Alternatively, you can buy your postcard from the John O’Groats bookshop. This is where we bought ours and there was plenty of choice.

Opening times for the John O’Groats Book Shop: Monday to Sunday 10am-4pm

Opening times for First and Last: Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.

How to post the postcard home

There is a post box inside the ‘First and Last’ shop, where you can post your postcard. Alternatively, you can take them to the post office yourself.  

However, top tip… The post office lady who does the special stamps only works half a day on a Thursday. Therefore, if you post your postcard directly at the post office when she isn’t in, your postcard wont have the famous John O’Groats stamp! Oh nooo! So, if you happen to be there on a Thursday, like we were, use the ‘First and Last’ post box. The postcards will be delivered to the post office that evening, ready to be stamped the following morning.


There is a carpark with 50 Spaces FREE for 2 hours. But if that is full there is another carpark with 110 spaces that costs £3.00 for 2 hours.

Where to stay in John O’ Groats:

We stayed at John O’Groats Camping & Caravanning Site in our campervan, it is quite basic but it is in the village itself.

Alternatively, you can find somewhere to stay below…


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Thank you for reading our blog – If you enjoyed it and you’ve decided to send a post card from John O’Groats, let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Lu & Ad



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