John o'Groats Trail: Whaligoe to Wick

The twelfth stage of the John o'Groats Trail leaves Whaligoe to head north on grazing land with some lovely sea features: Sarclet Harbour, arches, stacks, before it reaches the ruins of Wick Castle and the final coastal stage into the busy town of Wick which has all services.


Rough ground with livestock, mostly waymarked, some barbed wire fences to cross.

Public Transport

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


Whaligoe Steps cafe. 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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