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Walter Mowat

History of John O'Groats Part 1

Born: 1952

Duration: 14m 36s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 13Mb

Recorded: 2 March 2018


About this recording

Walter Mowat lives and works in John O’Groats, promoting tourism in the area. Over the years, he has gathered a wealth of knowledge about John O’Groats and the surrounding area. Listen to Walter retell the story of Jan de Groot, who ran a ferry from mainland Scotland to Orkney. Walter explains the significance of the eight sided buildings in both the hotel (now the John O’Groats Inn) and his own shop, First and Last and the link to Jan de Groot and his family. Walter also talks about the history of the ice house, the sign post, the granary (John O’Groats knitwear) and the John O’Groats ferry.


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