John o'Groats Trail: Dunbeath to Lybster

Dramatic coastal clifftop walking links the attractive harbours of Dunbeath, Latheronwheel and Lybster; along the way you'll find sea stacks, a natural arch and a ruined castle. It's a challenge too, with three ravines to cross and other obstacles.


Challenging walking; volunteers have built some stiles and marked the route with white paint daubs where landownwers have permitted, but there are still some fences to cross, three ravines to negotiate (none too difficult) and some rough, overgrown and tussocky going on the clifftop. Care needed with navigation.

Public Transport

Dunbeath and Lybster are connected by bus.


Dunbeath. 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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