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Plans afoot to create Inverness to John O'Groats scenic walk by 2018

Plans are afoot to create a new walking route from Inverness to John O’Groats within the next two years.

Inverness Scottish Highlands has some breathtaking scenery along which the new walk is planned
Inverness Scottish Highlands has some breathtaking scenery along which the new walk is planned Image by Vicki Burton / CC BY-SA 2.0

It is envisaged that the updated walking trail between two of Scotland‘s most famous landmarks will take participants along the coasts of Easter Ross, Sutherland and Caithness in the 120 mile walk at the tip of the country’s east coast.

John O'Groats, one of Britain's best known tourist spots at the tip of Scotland
John O’Groats, one of Britain’s best known tourist spots at the tip of Scotland Image by Sergio / CC BY 2.0

The BBC reports that the people behind the new route have got the green light from landowners along the way. This will allow the organisers to avoid having to take the trail along busy roads such as the A9. An emphasis is being placed on giving the walkers a scenic route by taking in such coastal delights as Latheronwheel village. One of the project’s organisers, Sinclair Dunnet, said on Radio Scotland, that people could either consider undertaking the full route or just tackling it in sections. He said the hope was that those who went all the way from the Inverness area to John O’Groats would find it much more attractive than if their only option was to walk along the highway. It is expected that the trail will be marked and mapped out in a guide book by mid-2018.