Putting the Groat in Great Britain

· Credit: Pip Rustage

You traipse the 800 miles from Lands End to the most northerly point of the mainland and find a windblown car park, a deserted hotel and no famous signpost – the photographer who owns it charges for ‘the pic’ and takes it away with him each night. No wonder Scottish architecture mag ‘Urban Realm’ famously named John O’Groats ‘the most dismal place in Scotland’. But no more – architect GLM has entirely renovated the Victorian Inn, and added 16 luxury holiday apartments fitted out by interior designer NoChintz. But most striking is the bold addition to the coastline using Russwood’s Scotlarch vacuum coated timber cladding. It’s hoped this rainbow at the end will have visitors sharing a leisurely wee dram before hitting the high road.