John o'Groats Trail: Dornoch to Golspie

The fifth stage of the John o'Groats trail starts with some excellent coastal walking taking in the beaches and links of Dornoch and Embo. Minor roads then lead to an unavoidable unpleasant section to get across the Mound and Loch Fleet - with challenging terrain. Fields and woods then lead back to the coast for a final superb beach walk to Golspie.


Good coastal paths, minor road, then a very rough and overgrown boggy section to minimize the walk along the A9. Busy road verge, then paths, woodland tracks and finally a long section of sandy beach.

Public Transport

Both Dornoch and Golspie have bus links; Golspie additionally has a railway station.


Dornoch. 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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