John o'Groats Trail: Berriedale to Dunbeath

The ninth stage of the John o' Groats Trail is a rough coastal clifftop walk along the Caithness coastline. There is a fine coastal arch, a waterfall falling into the sea and an impressive rock stack along the way.


Tussocky, pathless clifftop walking with some very boggy sections. Some barbed wire fences may not have stiles.

Public Transport

Bus service along the A9.


Cottages on south side of river at Berriedale (no road access - nearest parking near post office or at layby on bend on A9). Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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