John o'Groats Trail: Whaligoe to Wick

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The twelfth stage of the John o'Groats Trail leaves Whaligoe to head north on grazing land with some truly spectacular natural arches and sea stacks as well as Sarclet harbour. It eventually leads to the ruins of Wick Castle and a final easy stretch into the busy town of Wick, the largest settlement on the John o' Groats trail since the start at Inverness.


Rough terrain with livestock; fewer fences than the previous stage but one still lacks a stile.

Public Transport

Whaligoe and Wick are linked by bus; Wick also has long distance bus and rail services.


Whaligoe. 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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