Loch Fleet Shore
13.8 miles | 22.4 km
This stage of the walk is something of a change: mostly walking along the shores of Loch Fleet and through woods, with much less time by the sea. It is mostly level walking and quite pleasant. This stage starts from the centre of Dornoch and goes along a gentle sea coast before turning inland and going round Loch Fleet. It then crosses the bridge known as The Mound at the head of Loch Fleet before going through pretty Balblair Wood on the way to Golspie.
Amber , almost Green (mostly unmarked). The fifth stage of the JOGT is entirely walkable by the average fit walker. There are few obstacles: one or two barbed wire fences that may need to be climbed. A mixture of road and path, with frequent transitions from one to the other. Little of the stage is marked.
Road walking, even on quiet back lanes such as on this stage, can be dangerous: walk on the right except at right curves. One or two fields with livestock may need to be crossed: always be careful of bulls or cows with calves.
Stage End Information
Golspie is on the Inverness-to-Wick rail line and is accessible by car via the A9 and by X97/X99 Stagecoach busses that connect to Wick, John O’Groats, Thurso, and Inverness. Golspie is a small town with several hotels and B&Bs, a few pub/restaurants, and a couple shops.
! Update !
The bridge over the Culmaily Burn just leaving or entering Balblair woods (GR. NH 812 978) has been damaged. The bridge is still in service (to the best of our knowledge) but will be undergoing repairs at some point. If we get dates we will post them here.
Green : Route of the Trail
Red : Location of damaged bridge