John o'Groats Trail: Lybster to Whaligoe

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Stunning coastal scenery dominates the eleventh stage of the John o'Groats trail as it passes sea stacks, waterfalls, numerous geos and the ancient Clyth Harbour before reaching the famous Whaligoe steps. There are alot of fences and this part of the John o' Groats trail remains quite rough going.


Rough terrain with livestock, and many fences mostly with stiles.

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

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