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Tain community engagement drop-in sessions at Duthac Centre today on potential benefits to royal burgh of John O'Groats Trail


By Hector MacKenzie

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On the John O'Groats Trail returning towards the Castle of Old Wick..
On the John O'Groats Trail returning towards the Castle of Old Wick..

PEOPLE living in and around Tain are being invited to attend drop-in sessions today (Tuesday) on the John O'Groats Trail, which passes through the royal burgh.

The community engagement sessions will touch on the benefits the 147-mile trail could have for Tain.

They will take place at the Duthac Centre in Shandwick Street at 4pm and at 7pm.

Further sessions are to take place in North Kessock, Culbokie and Dornoch, amongst others.

The coastal walking route from Inverness to John O’Groats crosses shorelines, cliff tops, back lanes and footpaths of the Highlands.

The route is a work in progress. Some of it is remote, pathless and challenging terrain. Other sections are already popular walks.

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The walk is meant to be used both by long-distance walkers going as far as to or from Land’s End, and local walkers looking for a coastal stroll.

Established stages of the trail to date include Inverness to Culbokie; Culbokie to Alness; Alness to Tain and Tain to Dornoch.

Sections further north include Dornoch to Golspie; Golspie to Brora; Brora to Helmsdale and Helmsdale to Berriedale.

The route is a work in progress. Some of it is remote, pathless and challenging terrain. Other sections are already popular walks.

Tain and Easter Ross councillor Derek Louden tweeted: "The John O'Groats Trail passes through Tain and takes in Tain & District Museum. There are two workshops tomorrow in the Duthac Centre. Drop in to either (or both) of them if you can."

Further details can be found on the John O'Groat trail website

Community engagement sessions are also planned for North Kessock Village Hall at the same times on July 5; Dornoch Community Centre on August 9 and Culbokie Findon Hall on August 18.


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