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Forest walk close to the Kyle Railway line summit of Raven Rock

By Julian Paren

This nine mile circular walk on forest tracks delves into the hills behind Strathpeffer. At its heart is a section beside the Inverness to Kyle railway line at Raven Rock, the high point between Dingwall and Garve, which even recently has posed a challenge to steam trains carrying rail enthusiasts on the Kyle line. The walk follows recognized tracks, except for the stretch by the railway line that follows a footpath which few people use, and for a few hundred metres of hillside on the slopes of Raven Rock that avoids having to make wet crossings of the Peffery Burn, a problem in high water flows. The walk also detours on a spur to visit an unnamed lochan that is characteristic of a bog-forest ecology. If you follow the GPS track, all will be well. Another spur to the route was chosen simply as a lunchtime viewpoint.

The walk begins and ends at Bottacks in the Heights of Achterneed. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .

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