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John o' Groat's Trail

Guided Walking: John o' Groat's Trail

This is a new holiday

147miles (235km) of interesting, varied coastal delights perfectly designed to entice the inquisitive walker onward. The route between Inverness and John o' Groat's Trail is the logical addition to an expanding network of ways and trails that will itself become a classic. We offer this opportunity to any average fit walkers with a sufficiently pioneering spirit to tackle this new route well ahead of the masses. You'll be fascinated, enthralled, stunned and intrigued by what you see, feel and hear, and drawn ever northward by the sheer diversity of the landscape and lifestyles.

Easier days to start with will get you well walked-in for the more challenging days ahead, but folk should be aware of the need for a good head for heights to gain full enjoyment of the dramatic coastal scenery. There should be sufficient time to venture inland to the Caithness heartland where evidence of habitation dating back more than 4000 years can be found, and to find out more about Scotland's very own gold-rush. Be in at the beginning.

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map - John o' Groat's Trail walking holiday

Your walking holiday includes:

  • 15 nights' hostel accommodation in small rooms
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 16
  • Qualified walking guide along the 14 day sections of the route
  • Support manager
  • Minibus transport from and back to Stirling and daily as required
  • Vat

John o' Groat's Trail brief itinerary:

Day 1: Meet in Stirling early afternoon

Day 2: Inverness to Culbokie

Day 3: Culbokie to Alness

Day 4: Alness to Tain

Day 5: Tain to Dornoch

Day 6: Dornoch to Golspie

Day 7: Golspie to Brora

Day 8: Brora to Helmsdale

Day 9: Helmsdale to Berriedale

Day 10: Berriedale to Dunbeath

Day 11: Dunbeath to Lybster

Day 12: Lybster to Whaligoe

Day 13: Whaligoe to Wick

Day 14: Wick to Keiss

Day 15: Keiss to John o' Groats

Day 16: Return to Stirling.


SYHA and independent hostels on or near the route. Small (usually) single sex rooms are booked for our group's exclusive use. Towels are available or can be hired.


Continental breakfasts, packed lunches and 2 or 3 course dinners each day from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 16. The support manager will co-ordinate meals and source ingredients and will not turn down offers of help at times with preparation and clearing up.

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Maps of the area & background reading

To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.


Maps which you may find informative are:

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Dates Price SRS Spaces  
23 May - 7 June 2019 £2345 n/a Spaces available

At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 2
  • Price: From £2345p.p
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Accommodation: 15
  • Accom type: Hostels - full board
  • Walking/Exploring: 14
  • Travel: 2
  • Group min: 5
  • Group max: 7
  • Meet: Stirling
  • Finish: Stirling
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