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John OGroats Trail

Photograph of John OGroats TrailThe John OGtroat Trail is a 147 mile coastal walking route from Inverness to John O’Groats, traversing shorelines, cliff tops, back lanes and footpaths of the Scottish Highlands.

The route is a work in progress. Some of it is only accessible to the most fit and adventurous of walkers. Other sections are already popular walks. See stage status pages on the John OGroat Trail web site.

The walk is meant to be used both by long-distance walkers going as far as to or from Land’s End, and local walkers looking for a coastal stroll. Accommodation, meals and shops are available at the end of most stages of the walk.

Contacts and Office Bearers

Links To Walking, Activity and Information Sites
Long Distance Trails In Highland
Ramblers Scotland
Highland Rangers Events

Cliffs at dawn at Duncansby. Photographer Ian Sargent for the Caithness Biodiversity Collection


Jay Wilson

News for John OGroats Trail

New Signs For John OGroat TrailThumbnail for article : New Signs For John OGroat Trail
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.  
John O'Groats Trail Spring 2020 NewsletterThumbnail for article : John O'Groats Trail Spring 2020 Newsletter
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.  
John O Groats Trail and Northern Pilgrims' Way MeetingThumbnail for article : John O Groats Trail and Northern Pilgrims' Way Meeting
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.  
Walks In March 2019Thumbnail for article : Walks In March 2019
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.  
John O'Groats Trail Group Install New Footbridge at OusdaleThumbnail for article : John O'Groats Trail Group Install New Footbridge at Ousdale
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.  
The John O'Groats Trail Group Moving ForwardThumbnail for article : The John O'Groats Trail Group Moving Forward
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.  

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