Events 2018/2019

This is a list of all our currently planned events. Unless otherwise stated, the following applies to all walks:

  • Over 18’s only;
  • Not suitable for dogs;
  • Good level of fitness required;
  • Bring full waterproofs and own packed lunch;
  • Sections are boggy, particularly in the cold months, so good walking boots are essential;
  • Expect occasional fence crossing and some rough walking;
  • Please book in advance as places are limited. If no meeting point is given then you will be informed of it on booking.
Sun. 20th January
10:30 am - 3:30 pm*
Nybster to Freswick
Distance:
approx. 7km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07000021448
or johnogroatsranger1@outlook.com
Starting from Nybster, the walk will take in a mixture of cliff tops and beach (towards the end). Brochs, castles, geos and spectacular views all the way. Boggy with some indistinct path walking.
Sat. 26th January
10:30 am - 3:30 pm*
Skirza to Duncansby
Distance:
approx. 8km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07000021448
or johnogroatsranger1@outlook.com
Starting from the harbour with spectacular Geos all the way, specifically the Wife Geo, which sports a natural arch and some excellent wave action if the tide is right and the wind in the right direction! Some climbing and boggy ground.
Wed. 6th February
11:00 am - 3:00 pm*
Clythness to Whaligoe
Distance:
approx. 6.5km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07000021448
or johnogroatsranger1@outlook.com
Impressive cliff formations, incredible geos and wheeling fulmar; culminating in a wander down the famous Whaligoe Steps to the hidden harbour. Boggy ground and indistinct path in places.
Sun. 10th February
10:30 am - 3:30 pm*
Latheronwheel to Lybster
Distance:
approx. 10km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07000021448
or johnogroatsranger1@outlook.com
A longer walk with ancient castles, hidden beaches, stacks and geos. Some boggy ground and steep climbs.
Sun. 17th February
11:00 am - 3:00 pm*
Whaligoe to Sarclet
Distance:
approx. 6.5km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07000021448
or johnogroatsranger1@outlook.com
A dramatic walk with high cliffs and numerous geos. Some difficult vegetation in place, steep climbs and boggy ground.
Sun. 3rd March
10:00 am - 5:00 pm*
Duncansby to Keiss
(Caithness section | Part 1)
Distance:
approx. 19km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07000021448
or johnogroatsranger1@outlook.com
Passing the Stacks of Duncansby as well as one of the most well-known geos on the route, this is a strenuous walk over a long distance. Cliff-top walking for most of the day, with ancient history close by in the ancient castles and brochs along the route. A difficult but rewarding day. Will require a very good level of fitness. Please note: This is the first walk in a series of FULL STAGE walks, which is taking the Caithness section from North to South, and will be run on the first Sunday of each month. These are long walks that will require a greater level of fitness than the regular walks.

The following walks are now full: Dunbeath to Latheronwheel (Wed. 30th January).

Unless otherwise stated, all walks are organised via the Friends of the John o' Groats Trail & are free of charge. Donations gladly accepted - please click here to make a donation.

If you have any questions please contact the John o' Groats Trail Ranger Jim Bunting on 07000021448 or johnogroatsranger1@outlook.com

* Finishing times are approximate.