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Scottish Hill Track 303 part 1 Glen Torridon to Coire Mhic Fhearchair

3 months ago
Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Scotways Hill Track 303 takes the popular walk from Glen Torridon between Beinn Eighe and Liathach as far as a col and then heads up behind Beinn Eighe before crossing trackless country to join a path along Glen Grudie that reaches Loch Maree at Bridge of Grudie. The 14 km walk is described in detail in the Scotways book, Scottish Hill Tracks. The first half of the walk is on excellent paths and a small spur takes you into Coire Mhic Fhearchair. Many take this route there and back to...
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Scottish Hill Track 329, Strathrory to Dalnaclach circular walk

5 months ago
Scotways sign for Hill Track 320 Dalnaclach to Strathrory
Each year a walks programme is organised for members of Scotways - the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society. Besides being a social activity and led by a local member, the opportunity is taken to check up on the signage and the state of a Hill Track and exploring whether any maintenance is required. Scottish Hill Track 320 is a 7 km linear link from Strathrory to Dalnaclach. The opportunity was taken to create a circular walk starting from the Forestry Commissionís Aldie Burn car...
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Scotways Hill Track 315, Dingwall to Strathpeffer and Garve

5 months ago
Tree on the Knock Farril ridge
Scottish Hill Track 315 is 20 km long and connects Dingwall and Garve, which are just one station apart on the Highland Line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. The route can be broken into two, a Dingwall to Strathpeffer section and then Strathpeffer to Garve. In fact I had walked much of route 315 when on shorter circular walks, but had always thought the route as a simple linear walk would be rewarding. Studying the summer rail timetable it became evident that trains were better...
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Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail

6 months ago
Conservation Cairn and summit of Leathad Buidhe
The Beinn Eighe Reserve provides two trails. A short woodland trail and a far longer mountain trail. The woodland trail is around 7 km and can take four hours because of the steep terrain. According to others: The Mountain Trail is a fabulous trail to explore the hills of Beinn Eighe. This loop trail takes you up through ancient woodland, rugged grasslands and heath, to the beautiful heights of the mountain terraces. This is a memorable walk, with breathtaking views over the surrounding...
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The circuit of Loch Affric

6 months ago
Beside the Affric Kintail Way
The walk around Loch Affric passes through Scots Pine woodland and open moorland with fine views of the neighbouring mountains and Loch Affric. Glen Affric is considered one of Scotland's finest glens and in reaching the River Affric car park at the end of the public road to start the walk you will have passed through delightful woodland and loch scenery. The circuit of Loch Affric is around 18 km and taken leisurely in good weather could take 7 hours. According to Wikipedia Loch...
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Scottish Hill Track 230 The General Wade Military Road over Slochd

7 months ago
Sluggan Bridge
Slochd Military Road Start location: Raigbeg (NH 811 291) 
End location: Layby on A95 near Carrbridge turn off, (NH 913 187)

 Path distance: 19.7 km The Old†Military Road between Dunkeld and Inverness was built between 1728 and 1730 under the auspices of General Wade.†Much of it now lies under the A9, but a few sections* such as the stretch over†the Slochd take a different alignment and can still be followed.†The Slochd Mor is a narrow pass, hence this strategic†gap...
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A short walk into the depths of the Monadh Mor Bog Forest

13 months ago
Transition in Monadh Mòr bog forest
Monadh MÚr makes a good destination for a walk on a sunny day, because you can enjoy the sunshine between the rather widely scattered trees. And some trees are barely alive! A walk into the untamed SSSI gives you a challenge. To penetrate as far as you can into the boggy areas but still be able to extricate yourself and your wellington boots when you go further than you really should. Indeed I am not the only Geographer who has had to retrace purely on the evidence of a GPS track showing...
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Changing coastline. A circuit of Whiteness Head

16 months ago
On the eastern beach of Whiteness Head
My wife was committed to demonstrate spinning at the Nairn Show for four hours so I set about finding a local walk to fill the available time. Quite a low tide was scheduled for 1115 in the morning so I decided to walk the coastline of Whiteness Point. The plan was to walk outward by the sand and to return by the track that runs down the middle part of the spit. A good walk for the dog, especially with one minor detour to visit a "square" just off the direct route. The interest in the...
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Jubilee Path up Cnoc Fyrish

18 months ago
Fyrish Monument
Cnoc Fyrish provides a fine viewpoint of the Cromarty Firth and the marine activity in its waters. A folly graces the summit of the hill. The Fyrish Monument is a monument built in 1782 on the orders of Sir Hector Munro, 8th of Novar, a native lord of the area who had served in India as a general. As the local population were being cleared off their land, employment was a problem and so it was built to give the locals some work. It was said that Sir Hector rolled stones from the top of...
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The walk up Am Faochagach from the west end of Loch Glascarnoch

18 months ago
On the ridge heading for Am Faochagach
One route up Am Faochagach requires the fording of a normally fast flowing Highland burn, and so the route is recommended only for times of drought. After a very dry Spring, May 2017 was a good time to attempt the route. The river crossing is rather daunting especially when the first person seen near the crossing point was above his knees in water. However there is a preferred crossing point marked by a small cairn on each bank. The east bank has the more distinguished feature to be...
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An hour in Drummondreach Oak Wood

18 months ago
Beech by the lochan in Drummondreach Oak Wood
This is a walk to dawdle over. Less than two miles and its downhill all the way from the furthest point. The walk lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its trees and woodland flora. Guided walks occur in late May organised by the Highland Council Rangers. The wood has both a Fort and a Hut Circle but both need a bit of finding. A helpful sign saying "Hut Circle" beside the one obvious path through the wood has disappeared. On this hour's walk the fort was not visited,...
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Visiting the lochans in the Monadh Mor bog-forest

18 months ago
Unnamed lochan on the edge of Monadh Mor
The Monadh Mor Site of Special Scientific Interest is for the most part trackless. The SSSI contains the best example of bog-forest in the UK. The terrain is gently undulating - the ridges contain trees and the lower areas are swampy and in places contain sheets of water. Going back 150 years to the 25 inch to the mile maps shows that even when the inhabitants needed to use the bog for peat extraction there were no real paths that crossed the area. Over the years deer and other animals...
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A circuit of the Western Fannichs

19 months ago
East ridge of A' Chailleach
This 12.5 mile walk takes in two Munros, Sgurr Breac and the higher A Chailleach. Route finding is straightforward and the only difficulty is descending the steep nose back to above Loch a Bhraoin when the ground is greasy. On a number of occasions the weather has been dry in the Fannichs when An Teallach has looked decidedly wet. There are good views to be had from this route. Some books recommend coming off A Chailleach by its northern ridge and descending beside Sron na Caibhre, but...
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Forest walk close to the Kyle Railway line summit of Raven Rock

19 months ago
Dingwall to Garve railway line east of Raven Rock
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...
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Walking the Black Water - Silver Bridge to Old Garve

19 months ago
Falls on the Black Water
This is a short and popular walk beside the Black Water, traversing a section between two old bridges allowing a circular walk using both banks of the river. The Black Water has some fine waterfalls in this stretch of the river while it crosses some interesting geology. A walk for any season, but probably at its best with ice beside the river or in the autumn. There is much to see and explore, especially the architecture of the bridges. Allow a minimum of 1 hour 30 to enjoy the 2.5 mile...
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Walk beside the Beauly River

19 months ago
River  Beauly downstream of Beauly
The river defences of the River Beauly provide an elevated yet narrow walk along the side of the river. Best done in the winter when vegetation is low - in summer there will be a few inconveniences from lush growth. It is also wise to consult tide tables as the firth is tidal in this stretch of the river, and the higher the water level the less debris - natural and man-made is seen at the water's edge - and the more exciting the prospect is where water floods the saltmarsh. Good after...
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A short walk in the woods at Flowerburn

19 months ago
Footpath on Callachy Hill
Callachy Hill is part of the Learnie Red Rocks Mountain Bike area. It forms the furthest point of this circular walk starting from a footpath that leaves the Rosemarkie to Eathie road around a mile beyond the turning by the Fairy Glen. One car can be squeezed beside the road at the footpath sign - although the sign takes some finding. See the map for the exact location. The footpath goes through cleared woodland and then follows the edge of the Fairburn fields before uniting with some...
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Ascent of Triuirebheinn from Lochboisdale

19 months ago
Above Loch nan Smalag
The highest hills of South Uist attract many hard hill walkers each year. From these peaks a vaster wilderness can be seen that attracts few, because the hills do not carry the desired names of "Munros" or "Corbetts". An outlier north of Lochboisedale is Triuirebheinn and a track exists to cross the mosaic of water behind Lochboisedale to provide access to a water supply facility for the town. Beyond the loch steep moorland has to be crossed to reach the summit. An out-and-back route...
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Hill track from Achnashellach to the Ling Hut Torridon

19 months ago
At the bealach between Coire Lair and Coire Grannda
There are a number of ways to walk from Achnashellach to Glen Torridon. This route joins two marked hill tracks to make a through route from Achnashellach to the Ling Hut in the middle of Glen Torridon. The highest point is a bealach at around 650 m at the head of Glen Lair. The trackless middle kilometre of the walk has no hazards; the stream crossing is easy. On this occasion a detour was made to follow a short way the track to Annat from the col. Future walkers can omit this, and...
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A walk in a quieter bog forest area of the Monadh Mor SSSI

19 months ago
Area of bog within the Monadh Mor bog forest
This 3.3 mile walk starts from the Forestry Commission car park on the A 835 that serves those wishing to walk on the way-marked routes and forest roads of the Forestry Commission land. Some of the Forestry Commission land lies within the Monadh Mor Site of Special Scientific Interest; however most of the SSSI lies outside this area, is less well visited, and provides walks on small footpaths rather than forestry roads. Much to commend in doing the unorthodox! On the walk provided here,...
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Black Isle east coast Walk from Eathie to Hillockhead and on to Rosemarkie

19 months ago
Black Isle coastline below Craighead
The coast of the Black Isle north of Rosemarkie is trackless but may be walked along by the seashore, tides permitting. There are two places where a high tide prevents a way ahead. One between Rosemarkie and Hillockhead, at Scart Craig, and another between Hillockhead and Eathie. This Geotrip covers the whole route between Eathie and Rosemarkie, but the imagery is reserved for the section north of Hillockhead. Another Geotrip will provide the imagery for the Rosemarkie to Hillockhead...
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Circular walk in the Ledmore and Migdale Woodland Trust Reserve

19 months ago
Eastern end of Loch Migdale
With a day to spare when visiting Dornoch I took the opportunity to visit the Woodland Trust Reserve of Ledmore and Migdale. I had no set plan, but constructed this 8 mile walk based on the way-marked routes indicated on the display panels at the entrances to this reserve. A bit of mix-and-match. The trees are quite fine and there is a very extensive view from the highest point on the walk, the flat moorland summit of A'Chraisg. The part of the walk that was the highlight was walking on a...
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A winter walk into the Strathconon Forest

19 months ago
Descending towards Strathconon on an estate track
The day's plan to visit Geograph "Green Squares" was thwarted by a Gamekeeper who insisted he had corralled deer in the coire we needed to pass through and photograph, and by the depth of the snow that created problems with our accompanying collie dog. So the alternative was to investigate the stalkers path that headed south towards Glen Orrin and which could have provided the access to Carn na Coinnich a respectable 600 m plus hill that the gamekeeper thought was the only point of...
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A walk into the wildness of the Strathconon Forest

19 months ago
Trackless terrain of the Strathconon Forest
A walk with a purpose: to collect six green Geograph squares that had been passed by in the trackless terrain of the Strathconon Forest. Added to that the excitement of crossing two footbridges over the River Meig, one of which had been closed in recent times for being unsafe. A great day out, but the most accessible green square was missed by contouring too early to reach the intended final square. Little life on the hill except a pair of golden plover with all the deer at feeding...
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Circular walk around Loch Lundie

19 months ago
Loch Lundie and Pitlundie
Loch Lundie is the largest sheet of water on the Black Isle. It lies beside the fields located below the beautifully sited house of Pitlundie and is sheltered to the west by a ridge that contains a vitrified fort. The other side of the lake contains fine specimen Scots Pine on a further ridge that provides views over the Moray Firth. The views over the Black Isle are extensive and even extend down to Glen Affric to the south with a range of Highland mountains blocking the western horizon. The...
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