Artworks are to be installed on coastal paths near John O'Groats as part of a wider plan to revamp the town. Imaginatively called Path, the scheme will cost £15,000 and is being funded by Highlands and Islands Entreprise (HIE).
HIE is calling for artists to submit proposals for permanent artworks as part of a plan to invest £6m in the area. In June the crumbling Hotel was painted with murals as a temporary measure prior to the re-development. The Path project will start in May 2012.
Nick Scroggie, from HIE, told the BBC that it was hoped to make the paths a major attraction for walkers. He said: “The work can be either aesthetic or functional, such as shelters, way markers or resting places. We are looking for artists that can add to this experience and encourage people to explore the natural environment, walk further and engage with the special characteristics of John O’Groats.”
A number of walks at John O’Groats, and the surrounding area, can be found on Walkhighlands including the longer walk to the most northeasterly point, Duncansby Head and the impressive natural artworks Duncansby stacs. It is hoped that the entire project will make John O’Groats a much more pleasant stopping point and encourage visitors to stay for longer and hopefully experience some of the spectacular coastal walking.