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 only accessible to the most fit and adventurous of walkers. See stage status pages.
Accommodation, meals and shops are available at the end of most stages of the walk.
Friends of the Trail
works to build and promote the trail, for which we have been granted charity status.
However, much still needs to be done 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. 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.
Some stages currently require barbed wire fence crossing, stone wall climbing, river fording, boulder scrambling, and strenuous walking or slashing through summer vegetation.
These can be dangerous activities if not done with care by a fit, experienced walker. Also beware that much of the walk is along clifftops, so you need to be comfortable with heights.
Please click on the map above to see more detail, or see the stage pages for detailed maps of each stage.