John o'Groats Trail: Helmsdale to Berriedale

The eighth stage of the John o'Groats Trail mainly crosses high cliffs, passing the exposed ruins of Badbea village before reaching the half way point of the trail, picturesque Berriedale. There is no accommodation at Berriedale (the River Bothy cafe is on the A9) there is a bus stop (Wick to John o'Groats route) or a lift could be arranged to a nearby B&B. Section has recently been waymarked and route may differ slightly so follow any JoGT waymarkers.


Rough coastal walking, sometimes very boggy, some pathless sections.

Public Transport

Bus and train at Helmsdale, bus at Berriedale.


Helmsdale harbour. 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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