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.

Terrain

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.

Start

Whaligoe Steps cafe. Map and 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 Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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