Coronavirus/Trail Conditions NoticeWith accommodation and travel opening up, the trail is starting to see usage again. Some of the trail has become seriously overgrown due to lack of use during lockdown. However, volunteers were out in late July clearing the worst of the vegetation, so we feel confident that fit walkers will be able to get through. Please report to us any trouble spots. If you can help with some cutting of bracken, etc. as you walk, please get in touch, we can lend you a tool. Send us a message through the contact form. Please continue to be understanding of landowner sensitivities during the continuing Covid-19 crisis.
The John o’ Groats Trail
is a 147 mile coastal walking route from Inverness to John o’ Groats, traversing shorelines, cliff tops, back lanes and footpaths of the Scottish Highlands.
The route is a work in progress. Some of it is remote, pathless and challenging terrain. Other sections are already popular walks. See stage status pages.
The walk is meant to be used both by long-distance walkers going as far as to or from Land’s End, and local walkers looking for a coastal stroll.
Accommodation, meals and shops are available at the end of most stages of the walk. A bag transfer service is available.
Friends of the Trail
works to build and promote the trail, for which we have been granted charity status.
Work continues to bring the route up to the usual standards for walking trails.
This involves marking a route, putting stiles over barbed wire fences and some stone walls, and building infrastructure such as bridges in a few places. Maintenance and vegetation cutting are also needed. Please get in touch if you would like to help us.
If you decide to try this walk, please be aware that it contains some obstacles that a more established trail would not.
Challenges include occasional tall weeds in summertime, a few barbed wire fence crossings, some burn (stream) fording, a few very steep sections, and a bit of boulder scrambling. Clifftop walking required. All of this can add up to danger if not undertaken with care by a fit, experienced walker.
Sometimes there are temporary issues with a particular section of the Trail. The following stages currently have an update posted: 3, 14.
If you have any questions or doubts about walking any section of the trail, please do not hesitate to contact us.