9.1 miles | 14.8 km
The route goes along a quiet rural road for a short distance before crossing the long Cromarty Bridge. It then goes along small quiet rural roads and an off-road walk/cycle trail to Alness.
Green (unmarked). The second stage of the JOGT is entirely walkable by the average fit walker. There are no obstacles. Most of the walk is on quiet back roads. None of the stage is marked.
The walker must cross the Cromarty Bridge on the left side, and so must cross the A9 before the bridge. Cross with great care. The bridge is currently under works and you may need to ring the road works team for assistance in crossing. Road walking, even on quiet back lanes such as on this stage, can always be dangerous. Walk on the right except at right curves.
Stage End Information
Alness is near the A9 and is served by the X99/X97 buses that connect to Wick, John O’Groats, Thurso, and Inverness. It is also served by the Inverness-to-Thurso/Wick rail line. From the Alness train station, exit the station (to the north), continue ahead to the High Street and turn left. In a few minutes you will come to the start point at High Street and Ardross Road. Alness is a medium-sized town with a few hotels, pubs, and shops.
! Update !
Dorrachan Woods undergoing works this summer - remain on the road rather than entering the woods at GR NH696736 (Northbound) and NH711752 (Southbound) until further notice.