The Six-Points Tour

 

The six-points tour visits the four most extreme points of the country, plus Land’s End and John o’ Groats (these being the furthest distance apart by road).  However, not all is straightforward.  To start with, there are several definitions of the “most extreme points”.  For our purposes, we are taking the following:

 

Britain

 

 

 

Extreme mainland point

Extreme mainland settlement

North

Dunnet Head, Caithness, Highland, Scotland

Skarfskerry, Caithness, Highland, Scotland

South

Lizard Point, Cornwall, England

Lizard, Cornwall, England

West

Corrachadh Mòr, Highland

Grigadale, Highland

East

Lowestoft Ness, Suffolk

Lowestoft, Suffolk

 

plus, of course, Land’s End and John o’ Groats.

 

But we could take Scotland, where the most extreme points are:

 

Scotland

 

 

 

Extreme mainland point

Extreme mainland settlement

North

Dunnet Head, Caithness, Highland

Skarfskerry, Caithness, Highland

South

Mull of Galloway, Wigtownshire

Cairngaan, Wigtownshire

West

Corrachadh Mòr, Highland

Grigadale, Highland

East

Keith Inch, Aberdeenshire

Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

 

Plus John O’Groats, of course.  But where is the Scottish equivalent of Land’s End - that is, the furthest away from John o’ Groats?  We think it’s the border crossing of the A74(M) near Gretna Green, but would be happy to be corrected!  Our problem is that the fold in the map comes just there, so it’s difficult to tell!

 

People have also done the points for England, but we’re not really interested in those.

 

There are loads of “health warnings” about the information above … not least that it’s mostly contended!  For example, does the Skye Bridge mean that Skye is now part of the mainland, making it the Westernmost point?  (We think not, but that’s not authoritative!  Legally, it is!)  One thing not contended (but often quoted erroneously) is that John o’ Groats is the most northerly point on the mainland – it isn’t!  Similarly, that Land’s End is the most westerly point in Britain … it’s not even close … nor the most southerly (although in fairness, Lizard Point isn’t far away)!

 

This website will be telling you about our progress towards completing this adventure.  In the meantime, if you want to put us right on any of the assertions above, please do – we’d welcome your views!