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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 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. Should time allow, we will 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:

  • 12 nights' hostel accommodation in small rooms
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 13
  • Qualified walking guide along the 12 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 morning; walk Inverness to Munlochy; ~15km.

Day 2: Munlochy to Alness; ~24km.

Day 3: Alness to Dornoch Bridge; ~26km.

Day 4: Dornoch Bridge to Skelbo; ~19km.

Day 5: Skelbo to Brora; ~24km.

Day 6: Brora to Helmsdale; ~20km.

Day 7: Helmsdale to Berriedale; ~16km.

Day 8: Berriedale to Latheronwheel; ~16km.

Day 9: Latheronwheel to Whaligoe; 20km.

Day 10: Whaligoe to Wick; ~18km.

Day 11: Wick to Keiss: ~17km.

Day 12: Keiss to John o' Groats; ~22km

Day 13: 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 13. The support manager will co-ordinate meals and source ingredients, and will not turn down offers of help with preparation and clearing up at times.

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.


Books which you may find informative are:


Maps which you may find informative are:

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Dates Price SRS Spaces  
26 May - 7 June 2019 £1930 n/a Limited spaces available

At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 2-Grade 3
  • Price: From £1930pp
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Accommodation: 12
  • Accom type: Hostels / Full Board
  • Walking/Exploring: 12
  • Travel: 1.5
  • Group min: 5
  • Group max: 7
  • Meet: Stirling
  • Finish: Stirling
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