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John 'O' Groats.

Updated on August 30, 2017

Some years ago when my son was 13 I took him to 'John 'O' Groats', the Northernmost part of the British mainland! He had already visited Lands-end a couple of years previously, so it seemed a natural progression to take him up north. He could then tell his friends that he has been to the top and the bottom of Britain. Unfortunately my plan backfired, he was bored and the place was desolate and deserted and in the middle of nowhere. He wrote home to his mum, that I brought him to a dreadful place!....

Dear Mum! I hope you are ok and not missing me too much!

Dear Mum!  I hope you are ok and not missing me too much!
Dear Mum! I hope you are ok and not missing me too much!

We're at a place called John 'O' Groats in Scotland and you might already know it's at the top end of Britain.

We're at a place called John 'O' Groats in Scotland and you might already know it's at the top end of Britain.
We're at a place called John 'O' Groats in Scotland and you might already know it's at the top end of Britain.

Dad got me up way too early,and this place is in the middle of nowhere! I watched a DVD in dads car all the way.

Dad got me up way too early,and this place is in the middle of nowhere! I watched a DVD in dads car all the way.
Dad got me up way too early,and this place is in the middle of nowhere! I watched a DVD in dads car all the way.

We spent about 2 hours getting here and we saw about 3 cars all the way.

We spent about 2 hours getting here and we saw about 3 cars all the way.
We spent about 2 hours getting here and we saw about 3 cars all the way.

There's nothing here mum, just cold wind and rain! Dad laughed at me when he said my cheeks look chapped.

There's nothing here mum, just cold wind and rain! Dad laughed at me when he said my cheeks look chapped.
There's nothing here mum, just cold wind and rain! Dad laughed at me when he said my cheeks look chapped.

We went to a shop and bought a stamp and a postcard but nothing else because there wasn't anything you'd like.

We went to a shop and bought a stamp and a postcard  but nothing else because there wasn't anything you'd like.
We went to a shop and bought a stamp and a postcard but nothing else because there wasn't anything you'd like.

Dad wanted a coffee,so we looked for a cafe

Dad wanted a coffee,so we looked for a cafe
Dad wanted a coffee,so we looked for a cafe

and I wanted to stay in this shop for a bit because it was warm

and I wanted to stay in this shop for a bit because it was warm
and I wanted to stay in this shop for a bit because it was warm

So dad bought us a drink and a bag of crisps and I wrote your postcard Mum. We had a look around when we got here

So dad bought us a drink and a bag of crisps and I wrote your postcard Mum. We had a look around when we got here
So dad bought us a drink and a bag of crisps and I wrote your postcard Mum. We had a look around when we got here

Dad makes me fed up wanting to walk around everywhere in the freezing cold

Dad makes me fed up wanting to walk around everywhere in the freezing cold
Dad makes me fed up wanting to walk around everywhere in the freezing cold

and he wanted to take my photo standing under the sign so I could say I've been here.

and he wanted to take my photo standing under the sign so I could say I've been here.
and he wanted to take my photo standing under the sign so I could say I've been here.

There's a lot of concrete everywhere and rusty rails

There's a lot of concrete everywhere and rusty rails
There's a lot of concrete everywhere and rusty rails

and the first and last ferry shed in Scotland

and the first and last ferry shed in Scotland
and the first and last ferry shed in Scotland

We went to

We went to
We went to

The Harbour

the harbour
the harbour

Which Had a Couple of Boats but No People.

which had a couple of boats but no people.
which had a couple of boats but no people.

Dad says we can go in a bit

Dad says we can go in a bit
Dad says we can go in a bit

Everywhere is all old and worn out.

Everywhere is all old and worn out.
Everywhere is all old and worn out.

I think we saw a haunted house but when I asked dad he said he didn't know.

I think we saw a haunted house but when I asked dad he said he didn't know.
I think we saw a haunted house but when I asked dad he said he didn't know.

I can't believe this place has been on the Telly.

I can't believe this place has been on the Telly.
I can't believe this place has been on the Telly.

We went to sea if there was a beach

We went to sea if there was a beach
We went to sea if there was a beach

But there was only pebbles and rocks

But there was only pebbles and rocks
But there was only pebbles and rocks

Even the Museum Was Closed.

even the museum was closed.
even the museum was closed.

So We Just Tried to Look Through the Window

so we just tried to look through the window
so we just tried to look through the window

but couldn't see anything. That's all for now mum. See you soon. Love from James.xxxx

but couldn't see anything.  That's all for now mum. See you soon. Love from James.xxxx
but couldn't see anything. That's all for now mum. See you soon. Love from James.xxxx

Seven years later, we still have the postcard my son posted from John 'O' Groats.

© Martyn Wright 2012 ©

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