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JOG Trail@Nybster to JOG

Tuesday, 30th April 2024. Last stage of the JOG Trail beckons. Same bus as yesterday, the 0805 Stagecoach 99 bus from Thurso to Wick. When that bus reaches Wick it changes number and becomes the Stagecoach 80 bus going north to JOG. That bus dropped me off at the Caithness Broch Centre at 0900. Doin...
by Alba Bhoy
Fri May 03, 2024 11:06 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail@Nybster to JOG
Replies: 0
Views: 90

JOG Trail@Wick to Nybster

Headed North from Edinburgh to Thurso on Sunday 28th April, a long slow day. Bus left Edinburgh about 1225 and it was about 2100 before I got to Thurso. There's no quick way of getting to Thurso or Wick using public transport! Thurso was my base for the next couple of days to enable me to complete t...
by Alba Bhoy
Thu May 02, 2024 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail@Wick to Nybster
Replies: 0
Views: 80

JOG Trail: Whaligoe to Wick

After yesterday's Dunbeath-Lybster-Whaligoe exertions, today it was the simple matter of perambulating from Whaligoe to Wick. A little bit of overnight rain but today was beautiful. Another day of blue skies, little or no wind, great visibility, ideal weather for a pleasant coastal stroll. Main deci...
by Alba Bhoy
Tue Mar 19, 2024 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail: Whaligoe to Wick
Replies: 0
Views: 103

JOG Trail: Lybster to Whaligoe

If this morning's mission was to walk from Dunbeath to Lybster, this afternoon's challenge was to meander from Lybster to Whaligoe and ensure I reached Whaligoe in time to get the X99 bus at 1658 from there back to Wick. Challenge accepted! Navigation was a lot easier on this section than between Du...
by Alba Bhoy
Tue Mar 19, 2024 5:31 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail: Lybster to Whaligoe
Replies: 0
Views: 100

JOG Trail: Dunbeath to Lybster

Did the Dunbeath to Lybster portion of the JOG Trail on Saturday 16th March 2024. Some overnight frost but the day was calm with blue skies and wonderful visibility; ideal walking conditions. I found this to be a tough section; some challenging walking and navigation, path a tad boggy in sections, b...
by Alba Bhoy
Tue Mar 19, 2024 2:10 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail: Dunbeath to Lybster
Replies: 0
Views: 91

JOG Trail, Berriedale to Dunbeath

Monday 4th March 2024. Start Berriedale 1300, finish Dunbeath Harbour 1605. Distance walked 6.5 miles, time taken 3 hours 5 minutes. Weather good. Clear, dry, mainly blue skies, some light cloud nearer Dunbeath. This section had some spectacular coastal views, one neat waterfall plunging into the se...
by Alba Bhoy
Wed Mar 06, 2024 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail, Berriedale to Dunbeath
Replies: 0
Views: 166

JOG Trail: Helmsdale to Berriedale

Monday 4th March 2024. Start at the Helmsdale Emigrant's Memorial at 0830, finish at Berriedale beach at 1250. Time taken 4 hours 20 minutes. Weather; blue skies, calm day, great visibility, ideal walking conditions. What can I say other than this was just the most wonderful walk. In my opinion, thi...
by Alba Bhoy
Wed Mar 06, 2024 12:34 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail: Helmsdale to Berriedale
Replies: 0
Views: 206

JOG Trail, Brora to Helmsdale

Did the 13 miles or so of the Brora to Helmsdale portion of the JOG trail on Friday 23rd February 2024. Left Brora at 0820, reached Helmsdale at 1300. Time taken 4 hours 40 minutes. Dry with blue skies bar for one shower about 1130. By the time I unpacked my backpack, found my waterproofs and put th...
by Alba Bhoy
Mon Feb 26, 2024 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail, Brora to Helmsdale
Replies: 0
Views: 250

Golspie to Brora, easy walk by the sea

Did this stretch of the JOG trail on Thursday 22nd February 2024. Today's walk was nice and easy and at just over 6 miles, nice and short. And all done in lovely late February sunshine. Blue skies, good obvious paths bar one relatively short section where the railway gets closest to the sea but all ...
by Alba Bhoy
Sun Feb 25, 2024 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Golspie to Brora, easy walk by the sea
Replies: 0
Views: 239

JOG trail, Dornoch to Golspie

Did the 14 miles of the Dornoch to Golspie stage of the JOG trail on Tuesday 13th February 2024. A beautiful winter's day; blue skies, dry, little or no wind, lovely scenery, easy navigation. Couldn’t ask for much more. Travelled north on Monday 12th Feb and stayed the night at the very nice Royal G...
by Alba Bhoy
Wed Feb 21, 2024 7:04 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG trail, Dornoch to Golspie
Replies: 0
Views: 322

Tain to Dornoch, a winter's stroll

For one reason and another last year (2023) I got no further than Tain on my meander along the John O'Groats trail. Time to pick up where I left off and resume my journey to John O'Groats. I live in Edinburgh so did this as a long day trip. Scotrail Club 50, £17 return to Tain seemed too good an off...
by Alba Bhoy
Tue Feb 20, 2024 7:11 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Tain to Dornoch, a winter's stroll
Replies: 0
Views: 299

Re: A Cape Wrath Tale: The travelling stone

A wonderful read, very much enjoyed it :clap: Brought back many happy memories. I hope your adopted stone is happy in his/her new home :) If you ever walk some or all of the CWT again, I hope you get more sunshine and less rain and midges! Well done and Congrats on your engagement, Shenaval is certa...
by Alba Bhoy
Thu Apr 13, 2023 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Long Distance routes
Topic: A Cape Wrath Tale: The travelling stone
Replies: 4
Views: 3726

JOG Trail, Stage 2 - Evanton to Tain

After yesterday’s checking of notes and looking at the map as I strolled from the South Craigton layby, just north of the Kessock Bridge, to Evanton, today’s walk from Evanton to Tain was the very essence of simplicity. Like yesterday, there were JOG trail waymarker signs at various points along the...
by Alba Bhoy
Sun Feb 12, 2023 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail, Stage 2 - Evanton to Tain
Replies: 2
Views: 641

JOG Trail, Stage 1, Craigton layby to Evanton

Weather forecast for this week looked ok so headed north on Sunday 5th Feb 2023. Had the JOG trail in mind for a while so what better time to do some of the southern stages when, compared to the summer, accommodation is affordable and available while also getting some miles into the legs in preparat...
by Alba Bhoy
Sun Feb 12, 2023 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JOG Trail, Stage 1, Craigton layby to Evanton
Replies: 0
Views: 429

Re: Beinn dearg

Scottish Hill Names, Their origin and meaning, by Peter Drummond, is an excellent guide to the origin and meanings of Scottish hill names. A wonderful book full of fascinating insights.
by Alba Bhoy
Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:44 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Beinn dearg
Replies: 20
Views: 3913
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