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

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

 Faraid head & Balnakeil beach - 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 September 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 - September 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


Thurs 7th…Scourie - garnets & dikes; Coastal walk with fine views, otter signs, geology, wild flowers. Meet at the village beach bird hide at 10:30am. NC 151446. Lasts about 2½ hrs.


Wed 13th…Castle Bharraich; by Tongue, hill walk to the castle and beyond over the hill, returning along the quiet Kyle road, about 2½hrs, wonderful views, rich woodland and an enigmatic castle! Meet at the village car park near the bank at 10.30am. NC 592566. The ruined castle has recently been ‘stabilised’ with a new built in viewing platform.


Tues 19th…Faraid head by Durness; Beautiful leisurely walk along this stunning beach, returning through the amazing dunes. Meet at Balnakeil beach car park at 10:30am. 2.½hrs approx. Map ref; NC 392686


Thurs 28th…Scourie, the Loch Leathad trail; a good walk along tracks, new woodland, heather moorland, burn and loch. Great view of Scourie & Handa island. Meet at Scourie old depot road 300m south of village sign at 10.30am, NC 157437. We may car share for the short trip to the start. 2.½hrs approx.


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