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Organised Walk: Dunbeath to Lybster

John o’ Groats Trail Volunteers Celebrate Dunbeath-Lybster Trail Opening with Walk
Volunteers from the Friends of the John o’ Groats Trail have been busy over the summer working on the trail, which runs from Inverness to John o’ Groats.  Work has been completed as much as possible on Stage 10, which goes along cliffs from Dunbeath to Lybster with beautiful views.  The volunteers invite the public to celebrate with them on a walk on 30 October, 2016, starting at 10 am.  Park along the north side of Dunbeath Harbour and meet at the picnic tables at the far end.  Bring a packed lunch to enjoy along the way.  Drivers will be returned to their cars after the walk.
Please be aware that the walk does involve crossing several fences.  Most of these have stiles installed, but three fences and one stone wall do not have stiles due to continuing discussions with landowners.
Those wanting more information about the walk, the trail, or the charity, see below and please contact Jay Wilson on 07526 281088 or  If you can arrive early to help organise the car ferry, please contact Jay.
Attached photo: Fishing station ruins at Achastle
Where: Dunbeath Harbour
When 30 Oct 2016, 10am
Walk Length: 8 miles
Approximate duration: 5 hours including lunch, at a leisurely pace

Newsletter vol. 2 no. 3/Launch Announcement

We would like to announce the launch event for the John o’ Groats Trail (JOGT) on 21 May (this Saturday), with special guest John Thurso, chair of VisitScotland and member of the House of Lords.  Please join us as we celebrate the beginning of building a 145-mile trail route from Inverness to John o’ Groats, benefitting local walkers and developing the local tourist economy by linking to the national network of long-distance trails.  Below you will find all the details.
Mr John Thurso, newly appointed chair of VisitScotland, will speak at the event, which will also include a slideshow of coastal photographs by renowned Caithness nature photographer Ken Crosson.  Light refreshments will be served.  This will be an inspiring early evening event presenting a new community project.  Come and find out what’s happening!
The event is open to the public, so please pass this along to anyone you might think interested.  RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary.
Date: Saturday 21 May
Time: 4:30-7:00pm (Please arrive 4:30 for a 5:00 start of the programme)
Location: Thrumster House, just south of Wick, KW1 5TX  (Directions: see below)
RSVP: Appreciated but not necessary.  
Attire: Casual/come as you are 
Contact: Jay Wilson 
07526 281088 (mobile) 
The Friends of the John o’ Groats Trail is a coalition of walking groups and local tourism bodies developing a 145-mile long-distance walking route from Invernesss to John o’Groats.  The Trail goes along cliff tops and shorelines for much of the route, giving walkers access to the beautiful coastline and also connecting the far north of Scotland into the trail networks of Scotland and the UK.  It also encourages tourism to the coastal towns and attractions.  Our website and Facebook page (listed above) feature photos and much more detail about the route and our organisation.  
The JOGT will allow walkers to complete the Land’s End to John o’Groats journey with a spectacular cliff-top walk with stunning scenery, instead of the current dangerous walk along the A9.  This trail is a community effort: the local community and the walking community.  Besides walking groups and local organisations, the Highland Council Countryside Rangers Service has also been instrumental in helping to advise us and spread the word about the trail.
Directions to Thrumster House:
From the south: Take the A9 to the A99 north toward Wick.  Several miles after passing Lybster (and before Wick), you will see warning signs for 50 mph speed restriction for the village of Thrumster, which is about five miles before Wick.  Just before the 50 speed limit takes effect, you will see a sign on the left for Thrumster House.  Turn left there and this driveway will lead to the house.
From Wick and the north:  Take the A99 south out of Wick.  Pass through Thrumster which has a 50 mph speed restriction.  Just after the speed restriction ends, turn right on a gravel track.  The sign for Thrumster House is on the right side of the driveway at an angle, so is difficult to see. This driveway will lead to the house.

Web site created

Today we created a web site to present information about the JOGT.  For now, it will have to be a work in progress, just like the trail itself.  If you would like to help with the web page, please let me know!

Heading to the Highlands

I’m traveling up to the Highlands on the Caledonian Sleeper for three weeks of walking and meeting locals.  I’ll make a GPX track of the entire route and improve my walk descriptions.  I also hope to meet a lot of local walkers who might have ideas about making a better trail.