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North Highland Way


photoWin Two beautiful books.  Photographic book “101 walks in the UK ” produced by Ordnance Survey, and a selected book by renowned author Peter Wright.  Value £30.

Terms:  Closing date 10th December 2018.

Photos must be of wildlife (including birds) or scenery across the north of Scotland between John o Groats and Cape Wrath.

We need at least 20 photographers to enter to make it worthwhile.  Judging will be by the NUJ photographers in Northern Ireland (unless they have entered the competition of course!).

Photos should be 540 x 405 and 300 dpi.  Permission may be sought to use photographs which do not win the competition.  They should be sent to tinadirving@gmail, together with phone number so we can contact you.

Cost £5 per entry payable by Paypal. Funds to Friends of the North Highland Way.


Marketing the North Highland Way with Ordnance Survey

We have also teamed up with Ordnance Survey and can offer a free subscription to their premium pack if you join the Friends of the North Highland Way before the end of November 2018 ….https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-maps-subscription-12-months.html

We are logging routes which are not on the Walking World route of the North Highland Way.

Accommodation providers who were original sponsors of the North Highland Way can use the logo “Knights Trail” free of charge.knight

Those who join the tourism association Venture North will receive a discount on Friends of the North Highland Way

We have raised a small amount of money through Crowd Funding…. £130 in the first tranche, and £30 in the second tranch.

Campaign one

We did not make the target of £500 so couldn’t pay a student.  Therefore the money was used for marketing.  I had an input into an article for the John o Groats Journal which I am not sure was published.  I also wrote an article for Ordnance Survey.  The rest of the money (ie time) was used arguing with HIE that they should pay for a feasibility study and not expect me to do it for free.

Campaign two

We did not make the target here either, but McEwan Fraser Legal

supported both campaigns for which we are very grateful.

As an NUJ journalist, I can no longer write or contribute to articles free of charge.


Due to no public money being available for this project, we have to find other ways to raise money.  This is a sustainable tourism project, please contact me by email at tinadirving@gmail.com.ey.  Please help us on Just Giving.  If you would like to know the politics behind us not being able to access money, despite thousands of pounds being spent on the NC500 which is not a sustainable tourism project, see what happens when they don’t follow Directives.

You can see the principles of sustainable tourism here.

Do you think the NC500, which is to be extended from the coast to the RSPB centre at Forsinard meets the criteria of sustainable tourism?  How can it when you are encouraging people to drive round in their cars using precious energy.

I am the recognised leader on the project of the North Highland Way by both public services and the private sector tourism association.

A group of people in the north of Scotland want to develop the North Highland Way, a route across the north of Scotland. ~We are in the process of developing a new web site to encompass the actual route, and the route under development. As I used to live in Caithness and marketed Dunnet Head as the most northerly point for many years, and was involved in community development, this experience places me perfectly for the development of the Way and the marketing of the existing route.   I am also marketing the route as it stands, but it requires further development.  When I lived in Scotland, the company was called Brough Bay Ltd. t/a LetsGoNorth and was registered with Companies House.  The Dunnet Head Educational Trust was registered with the Charities Commission of Scotland.  Since I moved to Ireland, I work under TDM Consultancy Services.

You can donate any amount here or you can join Friends of the North Highland Way.

You can buy a book on the story so far on Lulu.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Want more bookings for your accommodation business on the North Highland Way? Click here.

Want to walk the North Highland Way? Or part of it? Click here to subscribe and receive information.

New walks on the North Highland Way which are not on the web site of our partners, Walking World.



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