Newsletter vol. 2 no. 2

Save the date: LAUNCH EVENT Saturday 21 May — 5-7pm speakers, slideshow, light snacks — 2-5pm coastal walk — Thrumster House, Wick [Please RSVP to me] Please spread the word, we want a good turnout. More details to follow.

We hope to hold one or two other launch events nearer to the middle and southern parts of the route. (Hosts needed.) But that’s no reason not to come to this event if you can!

Recent news highlights below. For more info, see our Facebook page at or our web site at

Work has begun on the Dunbeath Estate on a section of the Trail! This is the first official work project of the John o’ Groats Trail.
The JOGT was featured in a full-page article in the John O’Groat Journal on Friday 26 February. It featured numerous photos of the Trail.
I have been in talks with several landowners (large and not-so-large) along the coast, encompassing approximately 16 miles of the Trail. They are all positive about the trail and we are in detailed discussions about exact route, improvements, etc. More specifics will follow.
The Long Distance Walkers Association has entered us in their UK database of trails. See
I was in the Highlands for almost three weeks in February, taking part in three walks and meeting with numerous people about the Trail. A very good trip in so many ways.

Walks planned this summer so far (Contact me if interested, all are welcome):

15 May — Helmsdale circular walk, taking in part of the coast and doing a bit of path clearance along the way (no requirement to work in order to attend!), led by me as a Ramblers walk
27 June — Duncansby Head to Skirza, an easy but spectacular 4 miles, led by Highland Countryside Rangers
2 July — Hempriggs to Whaligoe linear walk, a hidden beauty of a walk, led by Sinclair Dunnet as a Ramblers walk

Thanks to everyone for your continued support!