Coronavirus NoticeThe trail route is on land that our charity does not own, and therefore we do not have the power to declare the trail open or closed. However, during this difficult time, some landowners are concerned about walkers entering their land. Our charity depends on our landowners for their goodwill towards our project, so please respect any written or spoken requests to divert your walk for the time being. We realise this may interrupt continuous walking on the trail, and we are sorry for this.
The John o’ Groats 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 remote, pathless and challenging terrain. Other sections are already popular walks. See stage status pages.
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. A bag transfer service is available.
Friends of the Trail
works to build and promote the trail, for which we have been granted charity status.
Work continues to bring the route up to the usual standards for walking trails.
This involves marking a route, putting stiles over barbed wire fences and some stone walls, and building infrastructure such as bridges in a few places. Maintenance and vegetation cutting are also needed. Please get in touch if you would like to help us.
If you decide to try this walk, please be aware that it contains some obstacles that a more established trail would not.
Challenges include occasional tall weeds in summertime, a few barbed wire fence crossings, some burn (stream) fording, a few very steep sections, and a bit of boulder scrambling. Clifftop walking required. All of this can add up to danger if not undertaken with care by a fit, experienced walker.
Sometimes there are temporary issues with a particular section of the Trail. The following stages currently have an update posted: 3, 14.
If you have any questions or doubts about walking any section of the trail, please do not hesitate to contact us.