John o'Groats Trail: Inverness to Culbokie

The John o' Groats trail begins at Inverness Castle. It follows the river out of the Highland Capital before crossing the impressive Kessock Bridge. Leaving the busy roads behind, it skirts the flanks of Ord Hill, giving some fine views. It then continues across the pastoral landscapes of the Black Isle, with a mix of farmland and forestry, passing the village of Munlochy and finally reaching Culbokie and the end of the first stage.


Informal route; mix of pavements, minor roads, forest tracks and woodland paths. There is one fence to cross that does not currently have a stile. Short section on busier road, some muddy or overgrown stretches.

Public Transport

Inverness has excellent bus and rail connections. Culbokie also has a bus link back to Inverness.


Inverness Castle. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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