New Inverness to John O'Groats route could open in 2018
A new walking route between Inverness and John O'Groats could be established by 2018.
The trail would take people along the coasts of Easter Ross, Sutherland and Caithness.
Its organisers, who have permissions from landowners along the route, said it would avoid using roads such as the busy A9.
The trail would also take walkers to scenic places, including the coastal village of Latheronwheel.
Sinclair Dunnet, one of the project's organisers, told BBC Radio Scotland, people may consider walking the whole route or tackle it in sections.
He added: "We hope that End to Enders, people who walk from Land's End to John O'Groats, will use it as a much more attractive option than walking along the highway."
Mr Dunnet said it was hoped to have the route way marked and mapped out in a guide book by the summer of 2018.