John o'Groats Trail

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Description:

A 14 stage hard and long walk. This trail can include pathless sections calling for more careful navigation and there may be scree and minor scrambling.

Starting from Inverness (Link with the Great Glen Way / Loch Ness 360) the trail crosses the Black Isle to Alness and then to Tain in Easter Ross, before crossing the firth to the small town of Dornoch. From there it becomes a coastal

walk, first to Golspie and Brora, and than through Helmsdale, Dunbeath and Lybster en route for Wick. From Wick the cliffs continue until the broad sweep of Sinclair's Bay leads to Keiss and a grand and majestic clifftop finale leads to Duncansby Head - the most northeasterly point of the UK mainland.

John o' Groats is than just around the corner.

Stages:

  1. Inverness - Culbokie 24 km (Grade: 2-Slightly harder)
  2. Culbokie - Alness 14,75 km (Grade: 1-Easy)
  3. Alness - Tain 21 km (Grade: 2-Slightly harder)
  4. Tain - Dornoch 14 km (Grade: 2-Slightly harder)
  5. Dornoch - Golspie 22 km (Grade: 3-Moderate)
  6. Golspie - Brora 10 km (Grade: 2-Slightly harder)
  7. Brora - Helmsdale 20,5 km (Grade: 3-Moderate)
  8. Helmsdale - Berriedale 14,5 km (Grade: 4-Hard)
  9. Berriedale - Dunbeath 10,25 km (Grade: 3-Moderate)
  10. Dunbeath - Lybster 14,25 km (Grade: 3-Moderate)
  11. Lybster - Whaligoe 12 km (Grade: 4-Hard)
  12. Whaligoe - Wick 17,25 km (Grade: 3-Moderate)
  13. Wick - Keiss 17 km (Grade: 3-Moderate)
  14. Keiss - John o' Groats 21,5 km (Grade: 3-Moderate)

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Heritage Path:

There is a more or less direct link with the Cape Wrath Trail and the Scottish National Trail.

From Dalnavie, close to Alness runs the Dalnavie Drove Road (10 km) to Breantra. From there the Glen Calvie Lodge to Braeantra Track (16 km) to Glen Calvie Lodge followed by the the Ullapool to Strathcarron Track which you follow all the way to just south of Oykel Bridge.