Newsletter vol. 2 no. 3 – Launch Announcement

We would like to announce the launch event for the John o’ Groats Trail (JOGT) on 21 May (this Saturday), with special guest John Thurso, chair of VisitScotland and member of the House of Lords. Please join us as we celebrate the beginning of building a 145-mile trail route from Inverness to John o’ Groats, benefitting local walkers and developing the local tourist economy by linking to the national network of long-distance trails. Below you will find all the details.
Mr John Thurso, newly appointed chair of VisitScotland, will speak at the event, which will also include a slideshow of coastal photographs by renowned Caithness nature photographer Ken Crosson. Light refreshments will be served. This will be an inspiring early evening event presenting a new community project. Come and find out what’s happening!
The event is open to the public, so please pass this along to anyone you might think interested. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary.
Date: Saturday 21 May
Time: 4:30-7:00pm (Please arrive 4:30 for a 5:00 start of the programme)
Location: Thrumster House, just south of Wick, KW1 5TX (Directions: see below)
RSVP: Appreciated but not necessary.
Attire: Casual/come as you are
Contact: Jay Wilson
07526 281088 (mobile)
The Friends of the John o’ Groats Trail is a coalition of walking groups and local tourism bodies developing a 145-mile long-distance walking route from Invernesss to John o’Groats. The Trail goes along cliff tops and shorelines for much of the route, giving walkers access to the beautiful coastline and also connecting the far north of Scotland into the trail networks of Scotland and the UK. It also encourages tourism to the coastal towns and attractions. Our website and Facebook page (listed above) feature photos and much more detail about the route and our organisation.
The JOGT will allow walkers to complete the Land’s End to John o’Groats journey with a spectacular cliff-top walk with stunning scenery, instead of the current dangerous walk along the A9. This trail is a community effort: the local community and the walking community. Besides walking groups and local organisations, the Highland Council Countryside Rangers Service has also been instrumental in helping to advise us and spread the word about the trail.

Directions to Thrumster House:
From the south: Take the A9 to the A99 north toward Wick. Several miles after passing Lybster (and before Wick), you will see warning signs for 50 mph speed restriction for the village of Thrumster, which is about five miles before Wick. Just before the 50 speed limit takes effect, you will see a sign on the left for Thrumster House. Turn left there and this driveway will lead to the house.

From Wick and the north: Take the A99 south out of Wick. Pass through Thrumster which has a 50 mph speed restriction. Just after the speed restriction ends, turn right on a gravel track. The sign for Thrumster House is on the right side of the driveway at an angle, so is difficult to see. This driveway will lead to the house.