Thursday, March 25, 2010

House of the Northern Gate

The House of the Northern Gate
Watercolour, 16 x 26 cm


The House of the Northern Gate stands high up on the moor above Dunnet. It's an imposing building and it has tremendous views in all directions. The position is very exposed though and the roof must rattle a lot when there is a gale blowing.




Sunday, March 14, 2010

John o' Groats Hotel

John o' Groats House Hotel
Watercolour 
25 x 35 cm


The settlement of John o' Groats gets its name from a Dutchman, called Jan de Groot, who ran a ferry from there to the Orkney Isles in the early 16th Century.

The striking John o' Groats House Hotel was built in 1875, near to the site of Jan de Groot's house. It's in a run-down state at the moment, but there are plans to renovate it and to improve the area generally.