JOG Trail - Tain to Dornoch (return)

Route: John o'Groats Trail: Tain to Dornoch

Date walked: 18/05/2022

Time taken: 4.8 hours

Distance: 24km

Ascent: 100m

Finally made a start on the John o'Groats Trail - I'll probably do the most northern stretches on consecutive days, but the ones nearer Inverness I'll probably do as day walks. It was a bit of a last minute decision to start on the JOG Trail today, but even in Inverness it was windy, so the MWIS forecast of walking being arduous at times on the mountains sounded likely to be accurate. Being so last minute (i.e. only making the decision and setting off at lunchtime), I didn't try to work out public transport or lifts to do a longer one-way stretch, so opted for the fairly short, flat stage between Tain and Dornoch which I could do return to get back to the car.

Plenty free car parking in Tain, and from there I just followed the WH instructions and JOG Trail route markers. A straightforward walk, a short stretch alongside the A9 on leaving Tain and then the longer bit inevitably by the A9 crossing over the Dornoch Bridge ...but other than that it was mainly on quiet tracks and trails. I didn't do the last 2 kilometres along the road into Dornoch itself as I'd been there last month plus still had to turn round and go all the way back to Tain the way I'd come. A nice afternoon, especially in the good weather.
I parked in one of the car parks in the centre of Tain and followed the road out, past Lidl and to the A9, where there was a short walk along a wide verge to the minor road turning off.

I don't know what the marking is like on the rest of the trail, but I found this section pretty good. I liked the clarity of the N and S pointers too, to remove any doubt!

After the quiet tracks, it was back to the A9 to cross the Dornoch Bridge, but traffic wasn't too heavy, and at least there were scenic views - Struie Hill to the west..

...and the firth to the east

Looking N along the Dornoch bridge

At the end of the bridge, it was down a short steep embankment to this stile with a path then continuing along the shore and through the gorse

View back up to the bridge

Despite being close to the A9, this was a lovely part of the walk, a nice grassy track by the sea, then heading more inland through the gorse which was in full bloom. A couple of km of road walking came after that, but a quiet road, only a handful of cars passed me in total on my 2 stints along it

The route through Camore Woods was very pleasant too. Lots of butterflies today, more than I've seen anywhere in years.

Info signs about the ancient settlements

The prehistoric standing stone where the Dornoch Dragon was allegedly slain (!). I turned round to head back not long after this, though only because I'd done a good walk around Dornoch recently and will no doubt be back again.

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Grantown to Ballindalloch, last bit of the main Speyside Way

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 16/05/2022
Distance: 23.25km
Ascent: 500m
Views: 2

Aonach Mor and Beag from NF Car Park - Day 3 in Lochaber

Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mòr
Date walked: 29/04/2022
Distance: 20.3km
Ascent: 1580m
Views: 121

Ring of Steall - Day 2 in Lochaber

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Attachment(s) Munros: Am Bodach, An Gearanach, Sgùrr a' Mhàim, Stob Coire a' Chàirn
Date walked: 28/04/2022
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 1676m
Views: 5

2 Western Mamores - Day 1 in Lochaber

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Attachment(s) Munros: Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Bàn (Mamores)
Date walked: 27/04/2022
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 1155m
Views: 4

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Aonach Shasuinn
Date walked: 21/04/2022
Distance: 17.5km
Ascent: 780m
Views: 178

Carnan Cruithneachd from Morvich - great viewpoint

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Attachment(s) Grahams: Carnan Cruithneachd
Date walked: 19/04/2022
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 750m
Views: 29

2 separate Kintail hills, shorter walks but a great day

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Sgùrr an Airgid
Grahams: Biod an Fhithich
Date walked: 16/04/2022
Distance: 16.2km
Ascent: 1500m
Views: 32

Navigating the far end of Strathfarrar

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Beinn Dubh an Iaruinn, Meallan Odhar Doire nan Gillean
Date walked: 14/04/2022
Distance: 9.2km
Ascent: 745m
Comments: 4
Views: 413

A windy one on Creag a' Chliabhain again

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Creag a' Chliabhain
Date walked: 11/04/2022
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 465m
Views: 125


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