|Track length:||200.8 km|
|Total ascent:||1248 m|
|Total descent:||1268 m|
|Difficulty Level:||3/5 - Medium|
The first stage's challenge level is low.
Information Regarding the Initial Phase:
When travelling north of the Tore Roundabout on the A9, the entire route is a single carriageway; during peak travel hours, it may get extremely congested. The portion of the roadway between Tore and the intersection with the A949 at Clashmore near Dornoch is compliant, including excellent forward vision and ample chances for passing. During this segment, the road travels along the shore, and the alignment is characterised by tight radius bends that have limited forward visibility and offer little opportunities for overtaking. North of the current village of Helmsdale, which was planned in 1814 to resettle populations that had been evacuated from the surrounding straths as part of the Highland Clearances, there is a significant shift in altitude. This change in altitude may be seen from a distance. From this point on, the freshly upgraded portion of the A9 that goes through the Ord of Caithness takes the driver from sea level to almost 200 metres in elevation. It is around 20 miles from Helmsdale to Latheron on the A9, and the journey becomes a route through the exposed heather and moorland. This is a popular location, and the area around it provides a good selection of accommodation options and activities to partake in. The amenities provided for those who enjoy walking, fishing, shooting, golfing, and cycling The path is in good shape in general and has very good visibility going forward.
The difficulty level of the second stage is low.
Second Stage Information: The main A9 road runs past Spittal, and the surrounding area is predominately rural, with agriculture being the primary industry to the north. From the A9, you will take the junction at Wick onto the A882 to Thurso, and after going through the town centre, you will arrive at the port facilities at Scrabster Harbour. The town of Wick is a royal burgh. It is located on both sides of the River Wick and extends along both sides of Wick Bay. Wick has a bustling commercial centre that features a variety of traditional stores in addition to high street companies, cafés, restaurants, hotels, and a caravan park. The word "bay" originates from the Norse word "vik," which refers to this body of water. The Vikings were the first people to make use of the mouth of the River Wick, where it flows into Wick Bay, as a harbour for their longships and commerce vessels. Today's Wick is a fascinating conglomeration of many influences and components; the road that connects John O'Groats with the south passes through the northern part of the town, where you can locate the Wick Inn. The John O'Groats Airport, which offers scheduled flights to and from Aberdeen and Edinburgh, is located in the far north of Scotland. In addition to this, it is frequently utilised by helicopters that provide support to local offshore oil operations, and it serves as a stopover for light aircraft ferry flights that go between Europe and North America via Iceland. It is the town in Britain that is the most northerly located on the mainland, and in addition to having a pretty town beach, lovely traditional shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, riverside strolls, a circular well house, public library, fascinating museum exhibits, and an annual gallery programme that changes, Thurso is a bustling centre of activity. It is around 1 and a half miles away from Thurso, 22 and a half miles away from Wick, and 112 miles away from Inverness. Scrabster is a small settlement on Thurso Bay. The fishing sector in Scotland relies heavily on Scrabster Harbour, which is another significant port in the country. Scrabster, which is a distance of 2.5 miles away, is where ferries to Orkney depart. If you are travelling west or across to Orkney, the town has accommodation options to meet a variety of budgets for an overnight stop.