A long walk on the north­ern edge of the Scot­land

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

A scheme to de­velop The North High­land Way along a stretch of the Bri­tish main­land’s north­ern-most coast is gath­er­ing pace. The project man­ager, Tina Irv­ing has been ne­go­ti­at­ing with horse rid­ers, cy­clists and pub­lic ser­vices to get sup­port for the idea. Many lo­cal busi­nesses have al­ready ‘signed up’ and made con­tri­bu­tions to the scheme. The North High­land Way will take you the 114 miles from John O'Groats to Cape Wrath, pass­ing no more than 10 miles in­land through some of the most spec­tac­u­lar scenery in Scot­land, if not the world. Ac­cord­ing to Tina the coastal route will not fol­low an es­tab­lished path for much of the way but be 'a way to go’, fol­low­ing sheep tracks and some­times less. This will be wild walk­ing at its best and cer­tainly not for the faint hearted. One sec­tion has only a bothy – or your own tent – for an overnight stop. There are longer term plans to join the route up with other Scot­tish coastal paths and even­tu­ally to cre­ate a com­plete long dis­tance walk around the Scot­tish coast.

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