10.6 miles | 17.0 km
This stage starts from the excellent Whaligoe Cafe with access to the stunning Whaligoe Steps. (To start the walk heading north, go round to the left of the cafe and follow the markers from there. Please do not go in the private garden gate below the cafe.) It then goes along cliff tops, through farms small and grand, and passes a fascinating hole with a view straight down to the sea, to arrive at the pretty harbour of Sarclet. Then it reaches one of the most magnificent sea arches in Britain before passing several other lovely coastal features. After passing the ruins of Old Wick Castle, it finally ends in Wick.
Green (mostly marked). The twelfth stage of the JOGT is walkable by a fit walker. There are no barbed wire fences to cross. The stage is marked from Whaligoe to within a mile of the Old Man of Wick Castle. Reaching the Old Man of Wick and then continuing into Wick is unmarked but straightforward.
There is a risk of death from falling off cliffs along most of this stage.
Stage End Information
Wick is a large town by Caithness standards. It is on the A99 and is well served by bus and rail. Buses arrive at the centrally located station near the Norseman Hotel. The train station is on Station Road. Take Station Road to the roundabout at Bridge Street to start the next stage. The town has a multitude of hotels and B&Bs, many of them near the centre, as well as a good selection of pubs and restaurants.
More information: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/sutherland/whaligoe-wick.shtml