THE North Highland Way, a LetsGoNorth project, is gathering pace with over 20 businesses now paid up into the scheme.
The project manager, Tina Irving, has also been negotiating with the horse riders and cyclists as well as public services to get support for the project.
LetsGoNorth has teamed up with Walking World to develop the project and Caithness and Sutherland as a walking destination generally. This is thus far purely driven by private money.
The North Highland Way will stretch from John o’ Groats to Cape Wrath (114 miles) and ten miles inland from the north coast of Caithness and Sutherland through some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland, if not in the world.
The project is one of three projects under the banner of LetsGoNorth, a name penned by John Thurso back in 1998. The idea of the Way was the reason the Caithness Waybaggers was formed back in 1992. There will be a feature about the Way in the Active magazine published by North of Scotland Newspapers on 13th September.
The coastal route is not a path but a way to go, following sheep tracks and in some places there is no route at all and walkers have to make their own way across the heather.
It is wild walking at its best and not for the faint hearted, although of course it is possible to walk sections which are well marked thanks to the core path networks which were developed under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and which the Council are still busy marking out.
Eventually, it is hoped that the route can be made into a venture like the South West Coast path or the Wales Coastal path, but this cannot be achieved without public monies and a lot of local support.
The number of people signing the online petition is growing daily, and the exhibition at Dunnet Head has attracted over 100 signatures alone.
The exhibition will close on 4th September and be moved to a venue yet to be decided.
The business group behind the project will meet on 5th September at the Holborn Hotel in Thurso.
Exhibition at Dunnet Head: Open 10am to 4pm daily. Closes 4th September.
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Contact: Tina Irving