Events 2019

This is a list of all our currently planned walking events. If you’re also interesting in doing a day’s volunteering to help look after the trail then please see our Volunteer Days 2019 page.

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.
Wed. 10th April
10:30 am - 3:30 pm*
Sarclet to Old Wick Castle
approx. 9km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07900 021448
Incredible stacks and arches including the ‘Needle’, looking for seals in the geos and seabirds just starting to nest. Cliff-top walking throughout with some stiles.
Sun. 21st April
11:00 am - 3:30 pm*
Dunbeath to Latheronwheel
approx. 6km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07900 021448
Cliff-top walking with some narrower sections leading us past hidden stacks and gorgeous geos. Some fences and walls, with some steep ground.
Sun. 28th April
10:30 am - 4:30 pm*
Helmsdale to Berriedale (with Highlife Highland)
approx. 14.5km
Booking: Marina Swanson on 07818 588256
A dramatic walk over the highest points of the trail, passing Ousdale Broch with plenty to see. Strenuous walking and a good distance, but well worth it! Longer full stage walk.
Wed. 8th May
11:00 am - 3:30 pm*
Latheronwheel to Lybster
approx. 7km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07900 021448
Beautiful walk across cliffs and heath – maybe a chance to hear the snipe drumming! Taking in Robbery Head and Forse Castle. Cliff-top walking throughout with some steep and boggy ground and a few narrow sections.
Sun. 19th May
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm*
Highlife Highland ‘Family Walk’ at Sannick and Duncansby Head
approx. 5km
Booking: Marina Swanson on 07818 588256
Have a look at the carved stones at Sannick and then stroll up to see the stacks at Duncansby, take a look at the burrowing puffins and keep a weather eye out for Orca below. Suitable for families with children over 8
Wed. 29th May
10:30 am - 4:00 pm*
Dunbeath to Berriedale
approx. 10.5km
Booking: Jim Bunting on 07900 021448
Cliff-top walking for most of the way. One of the harder stages, but with all the views to make it worthwhile. Passing Dunbeath Castle and taking in An Dun and The Clett. Strenuous walking with some narrow section and fences.
Sat. 27th July
- Sun. 4th August
7 days on the stunning Caithness coast
approx. 110km
Meeting point:
Helmsdale Station
Booking: Catherine MacLeod on
Friends of the John o’Groats Trail are offering a week of walking along the Caithness Section of the John o’Groats Trail - from Helmsdale to John o' Groats. The Caithness Coast has a lot to offer: the twisted strata of the sandstone cliffs with their natural sea arches, stacks and caves are home to guillemots, cormorants, puffins, kittiwake, fulmar and other sea birds. Grey and Harbour seals play in the waves and geos with their hidden beaches, while the settlements along the trail tell a history of ancient to modern habitation, brochs, castles and fortifications litter the coastline amongst the many hidden and occasionally abandoned harbours.
Including 8 nights’ accommodation with full board and 7 days’ guided walking along one of the most impressive cliff top walks of the British Coast.
Cost: £750 including Bed, Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner*
(*on nights where accommodation is provided).
You can download more information in pdf format here.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Ranger, Jim:

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 07900021448 or

* Finishing times are approximate.