North Highland Way

The North Highland Way


Duncansby HeadThe North Highland Way (NHW) links up with the Cape Wrath Trail (CWT) in the west which was officially opened in January 2013.

The full length of the route from Duncansby Head to Cape Wrath is 116 miles by road and 150 miles round the coast and goes through some of the most spectacular countryside in Scotland, if not in the world.

The walk can be completed in different ways, with a route by road and a route along paths and wild walking usually done in 13 stages, though it can be done in 10. Some of the current 'path' route is in fact on the road, especially around Loch Eriboll, and the organisers are working hard to ensure that access issues are addressed by working closely with the Highland Council Access Officer and land owners.

Fresgoe to BaligillOf course you can work out a mixture of the available routes. However, if you would like, the
organisers can write you a bespoke route in consultation with you.

We have linked up with another long distance walk from Inverness to John O’Groats (www.jogt.org.uk). We are hoping to link up with the Cape Wrath Trail and the Great Glen Way (The Great North Highlands Loop Walk).


Logistics
There are good bus services and accommodation so please check www.northhighland-way.com for details

It is very remote in various areas so please bear in mind that you may not have a mobile phone signal for long periods of time and distance.

The section between Thurso to Fresgoe Harbour at Reay is currently difficult to traverse and it is recommended that parties walk along the road, it is highly recommended that high-vi clothing is worn and all care and attention is paid.

On reaching the 'wild' part of the NHW it becomes a lot more rugged than the east side with quite a lot of steep geos to circumnavigate but the views are spectacular! There are four quite large hills between Armadale and Kirtomy to the navigated. It is not recommended that you traverse this section alone.

It should be noted that for any walk(s) along the NHW, as a precaution, walkers should ALWAYS leave details of your route and timings with someone.

Another difficult section is the part between Achininver and Hope. The organisers are trying to get land owners permission to place way markers to assist walkers but walkers should avoid attempting this section alone.

The section from Hope to the Cape Wrath ferry is logged as being partly on the road due to the proximity to cliff edges. From the Ferry you can either go around the coast or follow the good track to the Cape Wrath Lighthouse, where there is also a small cafe. For the trip back it is suggested that the minibus is used otherwise you might miss the last ferry.

Outdoor access
There's information about access - rights and responsibilities - on the Scottish Natural Heritage and Outdoor Access websites.

Cape Wrath lighthouseThe people behind the North Highland Way
The North Highland Way was first mooted back in 1992 by the local walking group, the Caithness Waybaggers. Unfortunately they could not get any backing. LetsGoNorth was a tourism initiative promoting the north of Scotland. The North Highland Way was just one of its projects.

Now it is being taken forward by Ian Ellis who walked the full route and registered the route with Walkingworld. He is at the moment trying to get assistance from anybody who would like to donate time and effort in any shape or form.
 
Getting there
Information can be found on our Caithness and Sutherland pages.

Highland

A linear walk from the north-easterly point of the UK to an idyllic small pier.... More info

ID:
7171
Length:
12.4 Miles
Grade:
Moderate Walk

The North Highland Way takes walkers to the most northerly point of the UK.... More info

ID:
7172
Length:
11.8 Miles
Grade:
Moderate Walk

This is a linear walk following a section of the North Highland Way, mainly along the coast.... More info

ID:
7173
Length:
11.2 Miles
Grade:
Moderate Walk

A road-walk to Fresgoe Harbour near Reay.... More info

ID:
7174
Length:
12.4 Miles
Grade:
Easy Walk

Part of the wild side of Caithness.... More info

ID:
7175
Length:
12.4 Miles
Grade:
Moderate Walk

This walkis a mixture of coast and small villages.... More info

ID:
7176
Length:
16.2 Miles
Grade:
Strenuous

A walk taking in all types of surfaces.... More info

ID:
7177
Length:
7.5 Miles
Grade:
Moderate Walk

A mainly coastal route.... More info

ID:
7178
Length:
11.2 Miles
Grade:
Moderate Walk

A short road-walk through the countryside.... More info

ID:
7179
Length:
6.2 Miles
Grade:
Gentle Stroll

A walk round the wild part of Sutherland!... More info

ID:
7180
Length:
11.2 Miles
Grade:
Strenuous

A walk in the Geopark.... More info

ID:
7181
Length:
11.8 Miles
Grade:
Moderate Walk

Onwards to the ferry!... More info

ID:
7182
Length:
11.2 Miles
Grade:
Easy Walk

The walk to the west end!... More info

ID:
7183
Length:
8.7 Miles
Grade:
Moderate Walk



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