The north east of Scotland is dominated by the county of Caithness. It welcomes a huge number of visitors each year because it is home to the hugely famous village, John O' Groats. Bordered on three sides by the North Sea, Caithness is the northern most county on the Scottish mainland. Millions of people journey to the north east all year to take part in Land’s End to John O'Groats sponsored walks and bike rides for charity. John O’Groats is also the port for ferries bound for the Orkneys.
There's so much more to discover in Caithness beyond the famous John O'Groats. Along the craggy coast to the east is Scotland's most northerly point, Dunnet Head, for windswept sea views. The wider area is a draw for archaeologists – some of the best-preserved examples of ancient broches and cairns have been found here. Also, visit the Great Stacks of Duncansby and the remarkable Whalligoe Steps.
Further south is the larger Highland county of Sutherland. As remote as this part of Scotland is, it's extremely well serviced by a road network and an airport in Wick. This extensive area is only home to around 11,000 people, making it one of most sparsely populated regions of Scotland.