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North Highland Way

The North Highland Way ~ 78.5 miles (126 km) ~ 7 days' walking

Thurso, the northernmost town on the UK mainland, will be your base for the first 3 nights on the North Highland Way. From there, you will be able to explore this remote area of Scotland that has remained generally untouched by industries that have changed more populated parts of the country. From Thurso you can walk the eastern section of the North Highland Way, taking in Duncansby Head, John O’ Groats, Dunnet Head and an optional day trip by ferry to the Orkney Islands with its rich Viking Heritage. We are delighted to offer you the services of our knowledgeable local representative to provide a private transfer from Thurso to John O’Groats.

Dunnet Head allows the opportunity to visit the most northerly point of the British Mainland and offers spectacular views down over sea cliffs below.

Further stages include Strathy, Bettyhill and Tongue where, during the summer months between May and August, the puffin bird colonies will be active. Continue west to Durness, with a ferry trip across the Kyle and walk to the iconic Cape Wrath, named by the Vikings as the Norse for “turning point”. The lighthouse at Cape Wrath was built in 1828 and is a Category A listed building: a 20-metre (66 ft) tall, white-washed tower built of granite with a single storey semi-circular base.

An optional extra is available to extend a further day to walk out to the magnificent beaches at Sandwood Bay on the dramatic Atlantic coastline.  The walk from Kinlochbervie past the hamlets of Blairmaore, Batrick and Shegra is rewarded by your arrival at one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain. Spend time exploring the mile of golden sand and dunes, with rocky cliffs and a giant sea stack to complete the dramatic scene.

Overall, although the distances on this trek are not overly long and the height gain is moderate, the route should only be considered by reasonably experienced walkers with good map and compass reading abilities due to the lack of waymarking and the trails that are indistinct at times.

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Route Terrain
Moderate to Strenuous

Route Signposting
Not Currently Way Marked

Navigational Skills
Moderate

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The North Highland Way ~ 78.5 miles (126 km) ~ 7 days' walking

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Fixed Price - £505 per person

Single supplement - On application

Included

  • 8 nights' accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels. Rooms with shower/wc (where available)
  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer from Thurso to John O'Groats on Day 2
  • Private transfer from Thurso to Strathy on Day 4
  • Door to door baggage transfer - maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Detailed route itineraries
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

Not Included

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Day trip to Orkney
  • Travel insurance

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EasyWays recommends the Day Trip from John O'Groats to Orkney on Day 2 as a worthwhile experience and addition to your trek.

You can also add on a day at the end of The North Highland Way to visit Sandwood Bay, with an overnight at remote Kinlochbervie, a walk of 15 miles / 24 km (round trip). Take the morning bus from Durness to Kinlochbervie with baggage and check into Kinlochbervie Hotel, where you can leave your bags and walk to the glorious beach at Sandwood Bay which is run by the John Muir Trust. The beach is considered to be one of the cleanest and most unspoilt beaches in the whole of mainland Britain. The name Sandwood Bay probably derives from the Viking name ‘Sandvatn’ (sand water). The area has been largely uninhabited since 1847 when the land was cleared for sheep farming as part of the Highland Clearances.

The North Highland Way can be also be walked from west to east commencing at Durness or Kinlochbervie and ending at John O’Groats.

If you would like to stay an extra night at any point on the route, or make any other changes, please let us know in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form.

Stages and Distances
Thurso (3 nights)
10 miles - 16 km
Strathy
15.5 miles - 25 km
Bettyhill
15 miles - 24 km
Tongue
16 miles - 25.6 km
Durness
12 miles - 19 km
Durness
8 miles - 13km
(Kinlochbervie)


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