John o'Groats Trail: Lybster to Whaligoe

Stunning coastal scenery dominates the eleventh stage of the John o'Groats trail as it passes sea stacks, waterfalls and the ancient Clyth Harbour and numerous geos before reaching the famous Whaligoe steps. There is a cafe at Whaligoe that offers accommodation (next nearest B&B is Thrumster House, pick up could be arranged or bus used to Wick). This section has recently been waymarked and may differ slightly so follow the white paint and waymarkers for the John o'Groats Trail.


Rough terrain and many fences with stiles to cross, livestock grazing.

Public Transport

Lybster and Whaligoe are both served by bus.


Seaward end of Main Street, Lybster. 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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