New Signs For John OGroat Trail
27th August 2020
The John o' Groats Brewery has provided signs to mark the start/finish of the John o' Groats Trail just outside the brewery location near the harbour in the village.
The John o' Groats Trail is a charitable project to develop a coastal trail in Caithness and Sutherland with additional links in Easter Ross to connect to Inverness, allowing a continuous trail walk to or from as far away as Land's End.
The walk from John o' Groats to Inverness is 147 miles and can be completed in 10-14 days walking, staying at accommodation along the way.
The goal is community economic development for the Far North, as well as development of a world-class recreational and heritage-access resource for the local population and walking tourists alike.
John O'Groat Trail Web Site
PHOTO - From the left: Simon Cottam (one of the partners of John o' Groats Brewery), Derek Bremner, Charlie Bain, Ian Ellis, and Jay Wilson (all 4 are volunteers for the charity building the John o' Groats Trail as well as the North Coast Trail which extends to Cape Wrath.
News vol 6 no 1: Spring Update 2019 was a big year for the JOGT. Numbers on the trail were way up, and a pilot ranger programme was a success.
Report of meeting on 24th October 2019. Trustees of the The John O Groats Trail and members of the steering group for the Northern Pilgrims' Way had a joint meeting on the 24th October at the Bannockburn Inn, Helmsdale.
For anyone wondering what they are like: Basically we walk, stop, look, discuss the scenery and history of the things we are looking at, walk on a bit, stop for lunch, eat some homemade biscuits (these are also free), walk on again, repeat. These are not aimed at stomping along the cliffs trying to break records and we walk as fast as the slowest (or most scenery fixated) walker.
Jay Wilson Chair, Friends of the John o' Groats Trail, gives an update he new bridge they have built at Ousdale. Today (25th March 2018) marked one of the key moments in the history of the John o' Groats Trail.
Since its inception by Jay Wilson the John OGroats Trail group of volunteers have kept moving forward. With a daunting prospect of marking out 147 miles of trail From Inverness to John O'Groats they have created a viable route.