Stage 5: Dornoch to Golspie

Loch Fleet Shore

Distance | 13.8 miles | 22.4 km     Status |  Amber , almost  Green 

The fifth stage of the JOGT is entirely walkable by the average fit walker. There are few obstacles. A mixture of road and path, with frequent transitions from one to the other. Most of the stage is marked. 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.

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. Please also note that like much of rural Scotland, ticks may be an issue in areas of long vegetation.

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.

More information


Beech Tree Lodge B&B
Crann Faibhile, The Mound, Dornoch, Sutherland IV25 3JF
200 metres off the trail, 9 miles north of Dornoch
Tel: 01408 634219