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16-12-2018
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  • Kinloch Forest to ruin at Rubha Guail walk

    Kinloch Forest Latitude: 57.177953 Longitude: -5.802133 This is in Kinloch forest, following Forestry Commission waymarked trails out to Leitir Fura, an abandoned farming township on the coast. The trail starts from Kinloch forest car park, just north of Isleornsay (Eilean Iarmain) There are information boards about the human and natural history of the area at various stages along the trail, but it is really the scenery that is the star here. Follow the signs out of the car park and onto the forest road, which undulates gently up and down along the side of the loch. After a couple of kilometres you’ll see a large sign pointing left off the main forest track for the Drovers Road and an information sign just past it. It is the line of this old droving path that you’ll be following to Leitir Fura, and the path starts to steadily climb, contouring around the base of Beinn Bhreac above.   After another kilometre of gentle climbing, passing several handsomely placed benches, there is a signpost indicating a shortcut which takes you back down to the forest road to give a loop of around 5km. The path starts to descend with some sharp corners and, bursting with wintry zeal, I took these at full tilt to arrive suddenly at the ruins of Leitir Fura. Unlike many townships on Skye, this settlement wasn’t forcibly cleared, but became abandoned as the inhabitants moved away for easier lives away from the harsh subsistence living endured in this rocky, exposed spot. This fact doesn’t make the ruined remains any less interesting. The drovers’ path that Leitir Fura sits on continues around the coast to Kylerhea, much rougher and unmarked, but it looked like it would be worth further exploration. Continue down the path and turn right to rejoin the main forest road. Below you on the shoreline are the remains of several slips from which the inhabitants launched boats to fish and, so tales tell, to intercept boats in the sound carrying rum and whisky. The track contours round the hill, back towards the car park, and towards the sheltered bay of Isleornsay. The grounds and buildings of Kinloch Lodge are mainly hidden below but you can catch glimpses between the trees of whitewashed houses and the manicured gardens of the hotel below. Back at the car park   Please note: Please check prior to your activity that starting point has public parking areas or can be accessed using public transport. DISCLAIMER: The information given on the highlands4you has been provided in good faith, it is intended only as a general guide. We advise you to verify the accuracy of information before relying on it. It is the responsibility of individuals to approach outdoor activities such as walking with caution. Walking can be strenuous and individuals should ensure that they are fit enough before embarking upon it. If in doubt consult a doctor.
  • Dunvegan Village to Dunvegan Castle

    Dunvegan Latitude: 57.436294 Longitude: -6.581628                                   Please note: Please check prior to your activity that starting point has public parking areas or can be accessed using public transport. DISCLAIMER: The information given on the highlands4you has been provided in good faith, it is intended only as a general guide. We advise you to verify the accuracy of information before relying on it. It is the responsibility of individuals to approach outdoor activities such as walking with caution. Walking can be strenuous and individuals should ensure that they are fit enough before embarking upon it. If in doubt consult a doctor.
  • Elgol to Spar Cave walk

    Please note the cave can only be accessed for a hour or so either side of low tide, so check the tide state and give yourself plenty of time either side of low water to to get in, explore and get back out! The route to the cave involves walking across waterlogged ground, rock scrambling and the crossing of seaweed covered rocks, so ensure you are fit, suitably equiped and prepared. To explore the cave you will need to take your own lighting. The cave has taken many centuries to present its present form so please leave them as you find them for the benefit of future visitors.  
  • Edderton, Balblair distillery to Dounie fort walk

    Balblair Latitude: 57.670196 Longitude: -4.177490 To visit the fort at Dounie, travel on the A836 from Edderton towards Ardgay. About 2 miles north west of Edderton crossroads locate a forest track leading off left into a conifer wood opposite fields (Ardvannie). Look for a green signpost on the right. There is a car park at the beginning of the track just before a boom. To reach the fort walk uphill on the track and turn right onto a new track. Find a finger–post on your left at the start of the path that snakes up the hillside. On leaving the trees continue up over the heather on a strimmed path until it flattens out. Forestry Commission Scotland has erected interpretation signs at the car park and at the upper end of the path.                                   Please note: Please check prior to your activity that starting point has public parking areas or can be accessed using public transport. DISCLAIMER: The information given on the highlands4you has been provided in good faith, it is intended only as a general guide. We advise you to verify the accuracy of information before relying on it. It is the responsibility of individuals to approach outdoor activities such as walking with caution. Walking can be strenuous and individuals should ensure that they are fit enough before embarking upon it. If in doubt consult a doctor.
  • Glas Bheinn Walk

    Loch Fleodach Coire  Latitude: 58.177659 Longitude: -4.936415                                   Please note: Please check prior to your activity that starting point has public parking areas or can be accessed using public transport. DISCLAIMER: The information given on the highlands4you has been provided in good faith, it is intended only as a general guide. We advise you to verify the accuracy of information before relying on it. It is the responsibility of individuals to approach outdoor activities such as walking with caution. Walking can be strenuous and individuals should ensure that they are fit enough before embarking upon it. If in doubt consult a doctor.
  • Aberfeldy to Dunkeld walk

     
  • Randolph's Leap walk

    Randolph's Leap Latitude: 57.533810 Longitude: -3.660733 Randolph's Leap from Logie Steading a place to walk This route traces the steps of the disgruntled Cummings family who, with their men, attacked Randolph, the Earl of Moray, only to be forced to retreat to the River Findhorn and leap across its churning waters to make their escape. The popular walk involves clear paths but give due attention to the steep edges near the fast-flowing river, it is not particularly difficult but there is an option to take the steeper rockier paths for the more adventurous, the surface is pretty good, although there are some areas with rocks and tree roots so care should be taken. The path is relatively easy to follow but is not suitable for wheels of any kind. Opposite the entrance into the steading building there is a childrens play area, accessed by a wooden gate go through the gate and continue straight on following the grassy path towards the river it turns to the left after about 100 yards from this path there are a few smaller paths which run off to the right, taking one of these will lead you towards the river view point but but one of the paths is very steep and quite slippery you will need apropiate shoes. The nearest settlement is Logie Steading, a steading from where walks along the side of the river can be taken. This part of the Findhorn is renowned for its dramatic rocks, cliffs and waterfalls, and peaceful surrounding pine forest, it is also an important wildlife area, here you can see lesser black-backed gulls, woodpeckers and red squirrels. To get there take the A940 south towards Grantown on Spey From Forres for approximately 6 miles then turn right onto the B9007. Follow the B9007 for approximately about a1mile tou will see the entrance to Logie Steading is on the right.   Please note: Please check prior to your activity that starting point has public parking areas or can be accessed using public transport. DISCLAIMER: The information given on the highlands4you has been provided in good faith, it is intended only as a general guide. We advise you to verify the accuracy of information before relying on it. It is the responsibility of individuals to approach outdoor activities such as walking with caution. Walking can be strenuous and individuals should ensure that they are fit enough before embarking upon it. If in doubt consult a doctor.
  • Glenmore Forest walk

    Glenmore Latitude: 57.176330 Longitude: -3.703380 Glenmore Forest a place to walk located near Aviemore, Glenmore Forest has some of the best preserved areas of ancient Caledonian forestry in the country, much of the area’s former woodland was felled but Glenmore retains many pristine pine, juniper and birch trees from the old forests. Enjoy the solitude and quiet as you roam among these proud trees there are rounded mountains, and lochs with sandy beaches, there are wild flowers and birds that thrive among the trees much of the forest park is a National Nature Reserve. The easiest route is the beach trail from Loch Morlich Beach it is accessible to all, including wheelchair users, for a longer outing there is the Loch Morlich trail which goes right round the loch. There are some tree roots and stones along the way, but no hills to climb. For a real taste of Glenmore’s mix of forest and hillside, take the Ryvoan trail from the Glenmore Visitor Centre or the Ryvoan car park, there is a lower section on broad, firm forest road ideal for cycling or push chairs the upper section dips and dives across the hillside, the walks are different in length and ability you can do part of the walk or do a circuit to experience this glen and the wild life, here from the birds like Scottish crossbill and crested tit, and offeringa range of different habitats, like wet boggy places among the trees that are perfect for dragonflies and damselflies for you to see. If you are looking for more of a challenge then head to the open hills that surround the glen at the head for Allt Mor follow the burn to the Coire Cas car park at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain funicular railway, you can take a train ride up and down the mountain and then walk back down the burn. For the more enthusiastic of you, hike up Meall a’ Bhuchaille the hill of the shepherd straight from Glenmore Visitor Centre. The path doesn’t stop climbing all the way to the top at 2600 ft. offering superb views.   Please note: Please check prior to your activity that starting point has public parking areas or can be accessed using public transport.   DISCLAIMER: The information given on the highlands4you has been provided in good faith, it is intended only as a general guide. We advise you to verify the accuracy of information before relying on it. It is the responsibility of individuals to approach outdoor activities such as walking with caution. Walking can be strenuous and individuals should ensure that they are fit enough before embarking upon it. If in doubt consult a doctor.
  • Knock Farril (Knockfarrel) scenic walk

    Knockfarrel Latitude: 57.587548 Longitude: -4.495113 Knock Farril (Knockfarrel) is the name of the summit of a ridge called Druim Chat (Cat's Back) to the east of Strathpeffer, Knockfarrel Hill Fort is located at the end of an impressive crag and tail land feature. The ridge rises very steeply and is crowned by an important vitrified fort. This fort first attraacted the attention of archaeologists as far back as the 1770s. The result was unfortunate as Richard Feachem. in his guide to prehistoric Scoland says. ''The great size of all the remains and the blurring of outlines and details render almost all questions about this fort unanswerable as yet However, those not particularly interested in archeology can console themselves with excellent view,s of the countryside from the Cat's Back easily approachable by a footpath from near the centre of Strathpeffer.   Please note: Please check prior to your activity that starting point has public parking areas or can be accessed using public transport.   DISCLAIMER: The information given on the highlands4you has been provided in good faith, it is intended only as a general guide. We advise you to verify the accuracy of information before relying on it. It is the responsibility of individuals to approach outdoor activities such as walking with caution. Walking can be strenuous and individuals should ensure that they are fit enough before embarking upon it. If in doubt consult a doctor.
  • Geal Charn Walk

    Geal Charn Latitude: 56.837861 Longitude: -4.509694                                   Please note: Please check prior to your activity that starting point has public parking areas or can be accessed using public transport. DISCLAIMER: The information given on the highlands4you has been provided in good faith, it is intended only as a general guide. We advise you to verify the accuracy of information before relying on it. It is the responsibility of individuals to approach outdoor activities such as walking with caution. Walking can be strenuous and individuals should ensure that they are fit enough before embarking upon it. If in doubt consult a doctor.

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