John o'Groats Trail: Helmsdale to Berriedale

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The eighth stage of the John o'Groats Trail is the highest part of the route, crossing moorland above the coastal cliffs. It passes a beautifully excavated broch and passes the ruins of Badbea - a village in an exposed location to which folk were driven after being cleared from more fertile ground inland. It ends at the half way point of the trail, picturesque but tiny Berriedale.


Rough coastal walking, couple of boggy sections, path unclear at times.

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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