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John o' Groats

John o' Groats is a village in Caithness in the north of Scotland.

John o' Groats sits at one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points on the island of Great BritainLand’s End sits at the other end.  The phrase “Land's End to John o' Groats” is used as a figure of speech for great or all-encompassing distance, similar to the American phrase “coast to coast”.

The village takes its name from Jan de Groote, a Dutchman who obtained permission to operate a ferry from the Scottish mainland to Orkney which had been recently acquired from Norway, by James IV, King of Scots, in 1496. 

groat was the name of a long-defunct coin used in Scotland and England.