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Guided Walks in North West Sutherland with Donald Mitchell and Paul Castle
Highland Region Countryside Rangers

July 2017
Adults £4.50 Concessions £3.50. Children: Free.

Talmine Pier - Photo © Donald Mitchell We hope you find the information useful and the guided walks interesting as well as the photos supplied by the Countryside Rangers.
I have created this new page to display the information about the walks and any photos supplied by the Rangers or indeed yourselves - the walkers. I would be delighted to have any photos. The Highland Council's Countryside Rangers constitute the largest local authority Countryside Ranger provision in Scotland with 25 full time and 3 seasonal Rangers spread throughout the Highland Council Area.

The Countryside Rangers run many events and guided walks which aim to help raise awareness and encourage appreciation of the scenery, wildlife and heritage of the Highlands. This wide range of events and activities is aimed at local communities and visitors alike. The June 2017 list of walks is listed below. For full information on the Highland Region Countryside events and Rangers visit the Outdoor Highland Website @ Outdoor Highlands Website

North West Highland Geopark Logo © Highland RegionGuided walks in Northwest Sutherland - July 2017
All walks; Adults £4.50, Concessions £3.50. Children: Free.
Contact; Donald Mitchell. Tel 01971 511756
or e-mail donald.mitchell@highland.gov.uk


Mon 10th…Kyle of Durness; superb coastal walk amongst masses of wild flowers, seabirds, bit of ancient geology and stunning views, 2.5hrs approx. Meet at Balnakeil golf course car park at 10.30am. NC 389687.


Tues 11th…Oldshoremore – wildflower walk. Meet at Oldshoremore car park 2.5mls north of Kinlochbervie at 10.30am. NC 203584. Grade B. A fascinating leisurely walk across the sand dunes and machair amongst a wonderful array of flowers, plus great views and a really good beach.


Thurs 13th…Kylestrome to bonnie Glen Dubh; Grade B, about 11 miles there and back along a track in magnificent highland coastal scenery, moorland wildlife, chance of seeing eagles and red deer. 5-6 hrs, bring lunch, appropriate outdoor clothing. Meet at Kylestrome estate car park 1ml north of Kylesku bridge off the A894, map ref NC 217346 at 10.30am. Adults £9 conc’ £5.


Mon 17th…Faraid head by Durness; Beautiful leisurely walk along this stunning beach returning through the amazing dunes. There is a small chance of seeing Puffins! Meet at Balnakeil beach car park at 10:30am. 2hrs approx. Map ref; NC 392686


Wed 19th…Ben Tongue [302m] & the Watch Hill [307]: 10.30am – 2pm. Hill walk, Grade C, with quite outstanding views across the Kyle of Tongue and beyond. Meet at Coldbackie bay on the A836 3 mls east of Tongue. NC 610601.


Tues 25th…Nature detectives at Tongue; some natural wildlife “who dunnit” murders to solve in the woods. Adults free with accompanied children, children £3.50. Meeting place given out on booking, 11am – 1pm approx.


Thurs 27th…Scourie, garnets and dikes; 10:30am – 1pm. Coastal walk with a bit of everything; seabirds, otter signs, geology, wild flowers, great views. Meet at Scourie beach bird hide at Map ref; NC 151446.


N.B. All the walks are led by one of the Rangers. It is important that you think of your own safety and that of any children for whom you are responsible. Remember too that these are country walks in the Highland weather so please dress accordingly. Bring sturdy shoes/ boots, and a sense of fun.


Contact; Donald Mitchell Tel 01971 511756 or e-mail donald.mitchell@highland.gov.uk


Glen Dubh from Kylesku
Glen Dubh from Kylesku - Image © Donald Mitchell



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Castle Varrich Photo © Donald Mitchell Welcome to the Guided Walks Page in conjuction with the Highland Region Countryside Rangers, Donald Mitchell and Paul Castle. This Page is designed to host infomation on guided walks on the North West Coast. If you have any photos of your walks with the Rangers, I would be delighted to host a selection on a photo page to go with this page. Please send any recent photos you may have taken - preferably from unusual vantage points or quirky photos and I will put them on the Guided Walks Photo Page. I look forward to seeing your photos. All photos will be acknowledged and copyright attributed to the contributor. Enjoy, Iain