What village in Scotland is named after a Dutch man? John O’Groats – the most northerly village on the Scottish mainland. Everyone knows the name due to the endless charity rides, walks etc from John O’Groats to Lands End. The name actually comes from a Dutchman called Jan De Groot who operated a ferry to Orkney from the mainland.
What nationality is the man after whom John O Groats is named? Name. The settlement takes its name from Jan de Groot, a 15th-century Dutchman who once plied a ferry from the Scottish mainland to Orkney, which had recently been acquired from Norway by King James IV.
What is the meaning of John O Groats? / (əˈɡrəʊts) / noun. a village at the northeasternmost tip of the Scottish mainland: considered to be the northernmost point of the mainland of Great Britain although Dunnet Head, slightly to the west, lies further northSee also Land’s End.
Why do people go to John O Groats? Simply, the peace and quietness here, coupled with the sounds of the Ocean, means this place is one of those spots where you can feel the world around you and just take it all in.