You must book your place in advance with the Leader. Members can access full details here using their password (those members who have yet to receive a password or need a reminder should contact the Secretary.)
Welcome to the summer walking program. As things return to normal, Covid is sadly still with us. Please read the following notes carefully.
Car sharing reduces overall petrol use and parking congestion at the start point, and also allows members with no transport to participate. On the other hand, Covid is still with us, and car-sharing carries a significantly higher risk of transmission than outdoor activities. New, more aggressive versions of the virus may yet appear.
Leaders can choose to specify a rendezvous point (often the UHI offices on Ness Walk – the old Royal Infirmary building) as well as a start point, to facilitate car sharing. The ground rules are:
Walkers can still choose to travel directly to the start point (parking space permitting).
Drivers must not be pressurised to offer lifts. Those drivers (or transport bubbles) who choose not to share their car with others may prefer to travel direct to the start point to avoid awkwardness.
Neither the Leader not the Club can police Covid testing or vaccination status. Those who decide to car share do so at their own risk.
All walkers must pre-book with the Leader. Please say when booking whether you intend to meet at the rendezvous point or go directly to the start. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes or so before the advertised time.
Contribution to transport costs
When sharing a car, walkers should contribute to transport costs. The recommended rate is 30p per mile, divided among the number of occupants of the vehicle.
If you aren’t able to locate the starting point on an OS map, open http://streetmap.co.uk/ and enter the grid reference in the search field (2 letters, 6 digits, no spaces). It may also be possible to search on some Satnav devices – see manufacturer’s instructions.
Date: Sat 3rd Dec Walk grade: C + Start time: 09:30
Title: Ord Hill and Craigiehowe Rendezvous time:09:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 26 Grid ref: NH656488
Description: We start at the Ord Hill car park. This is a popular area and can be heavily parked, so it would be best if those who are willing and able meet at UHI to maximize car sharing. Skirting Ord Hill summit, we drop towards the coast and follow the John O’Groats trail to the Kilmuir road, which we follow down as far as the ruins of St Mary’s church. A rough and occasionally boggy track takes us along a fence line and through a field (possibility of livestock) to pleasant woodland. An estate track leads to Craigiehowe, a low hill lying between the Moray Firth and Munlochy Bay. The return (shorter than the outward route) includes a delightful meandering path through the woods above Loch Lundie.
Distance: 15Kms 9miles Ascent 250m 900ft
Date: Sun 11th Dec Walk grade C+ Start time: 09:45
Title: Cnoc Udais and Loch nan Eun Rendezvous time 09:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 26 Grid ref: NH480510
Description:Parking at forestry road end ( additional at lay-by short distance away) we take good track up hill to super views over Loch nam Bonnach and beyond. Track down to loch is rougher. Return same way.
Distance: 10.5km 6.5 miles Ascent: 275m 900ft
Date: Sat 17th Dec Walk grade C+ Start time: 10:30
Title: Above Lewiston Rendezvous time 10:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 26 Grid ref: NH513291
Description:A scenic walk above Lewiston. Park at the Medical Centre, on the Lewiton roundabout (accross from ScotMid). From there, we cross the bridge onto path along River Coiltie. Gradual ascent through wood onto bridle path, over hill overlooking Urquhart Castle, on to Strone where the path meets the A82. Continue on path back to start
Distance: 10.5kms 6.5 miles Ascent: 245m 800ft
Leader: Jackie Ferguson mob: 07816152476
Date: Mon 26th Dec Walk grade C Start time: 11:00
Title: Round Loch Moy Rendezvous time:10:30 UHI
OS Sheet: 27 Grid ref:NH772341
Description: A lovely scenic route clockwise round Loch Moy on short section of road, but mainly track and path, taking in the MacKintosh monument to Lachlan, 30th clan chief. There are fine views to Moy Hall, the clan chief’s residence, over the loch and to hills beyond. Path back along loch side may be wet and muddy in places, but hopefully not! Parking is in large lay-by just past tunnel going under railway at Moy, coming from Inverness direction on B9154.
Distance: 7.5km 4.7 miles Ascent:275m 900ft
Date: Sun 8th Jan Walk grade C Start time: 10:00
Title: Above Dores Rendezvous time: 09:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 26 Grid ref: NH607364
Description: Parking is adjacent to Aldourie Primary School. Walk starts on path behind school and we join a minor public road to ascend to track. This runs along the high ground behind Dores before gradually descending along Loch Ness after crossing the B862 and becoming an access road to several farms.
Distance: 12.8km 8 miles Ascent:200m 656ft
Date: Sat 14th Jan Walk grade: C Start time: 09:30
Title: Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns Rendezvous time 09:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 27 Grid ref: 718456
Description: Through woodland and semi rural countryside, we visit Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns on path, track and minor road. Parking is off Lochlann Rd, on the left up from Harry Gow’s at forestry car park. Popular with dog walkers so car sharing appreciated.
Distance: 13km 8.25 miles Ascent: 195m 600ft
Date: Sun 22nd Jan Walk Grade: C Start time: 09:30
Title: Dunglass Island and River Conon
OS Sheet 26 Grid ref: NH 541565
Description: Low level river walk, good trails though can be muddy. Start in Maryburgh at Amenities Hall, Seaforth Road, IV7 8DU. Walk follows the Conon river, includes a circuit round Dunglass Island and returns through Brahan Estate through mixed woodland avenue.
Description: Start at the small car park in Balmacaan Road beside the Scot Mid shop (not the shop car park) near the junction of the A82 and Balmacaan Road. Walk back to the A82, turning right and following the road until just after the bridge over the River Coiltie. Then right, following Great Glen Way markers; the track runs up the river valley. Leaving the Great Glen Way to walk through oak woods and on into open country with views back to Loch Ness, eventually reaching Divach Falls. Then backtracking slightly and following the tarmac road back, leaving it after crossing the River Coiltie. Then up through Balmacaan Woods to reach Craig Mony, a good viewpoint. Then following the obvious path down to rejoin the road near Cnoccan Burra and following it back to the car park. A walk with good scenery, a waterfall and a viewpoint.
Distance: 8kms 5miles Ascent: 200m 656ft
Date: Sun 5th Feb Walk grade C Start time: 10:00
Title: Round Tain Hill & Pulpit Rock Rendezvous time 09:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 21 Grid ref: NH756793
Description: Circular route, mainly on good forest tracks, with short distance of hill path. Good views of Dornoch Firth.
Distance: 12.8km 8 miles Ascent: 200m 656ft
Date: Sat 11th Feb Walk grade C Start time:10:15
Title: Lossiemouth East Beach WalkRendezvous time 09:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 28 Grid ref: NJ236703
Description: A varied walk over sand dunes, pebble beach, mudflats and wooded paths. We start at the car park near Gregory Place. Cross the newly constructed footbridge over the River Lossie. Then head along the beach and river mudflats and into the forest, eventually reaching WW2 tank traps. At the furthest extent there are some large bunkers. Here we turn back into the forest and wind our way back through many twists and turns to the town.
Description:At the start of the walk, not far from Feshiebridge, there is a memorial commemorating the house where the mother of John Macdonald, the first premier of Canada, lived. The walk is on good tracks through open forest and traverses part of the the Moor of Feshie.
Distance: 12km 7.5 miles Ascent: 200m 650ft
Date: Sat 25th Feb Walk grade C Start time: 10:00
Title: Boat of Garten,River Spey and woodland walk Rendezvous time 09:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 36 Grid ref: NH945189
Description:Parking: Strathspey Railway car park in Boat of Garten. Turn left at the Boat Hotel and turn right immediately after the railway bridge,through the golf club car park and up into the railway car park. We start the circular walk by taking the path along the west side of the river,passing Wester Davoult and on to Kinchurdy. Follow the track away from the river and into open countryside to the Speyside Way. Woodland tracks return us to Boat of Garten. A fine mixture of riverside walk,open country and woodland.
Distance: 9.75km 6 miles Ascent: 94m 300ft
Date: Sun 5th March Walk grade : B Start time: 10:00
Title: Struie Hill Ridge path to Struie HillRendezvous time 09:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 21 Grid ref:NH650850
Description: Meeting at the Lay-by on the B9176 about a 1Km back from the Struie viewpoint parking spot. A short walk along the road to a fairly steep climb takes us to the ridge path. A bit of undulating path takes us to the mast at Struie Hill and hopefully great views. Return is by outward route
Distance: 7.5kms 5miles Ascent: 333m 1100ft
Date: Sat 11th March Walk grade:C/+ Start time: 10:30 AGM Walk
Description: This is a short walk with big rewards. Start point: as you pass through Evanton from the Inverness direction, take the road on the left just after the bridge over the Allt Graad. Look out for a house sign to “Redburn” on your right – this tells you you’re getting close. A hundred meters up the main road – opposite a new house – there is a wide hard shoulder for parking. We cross the nearby bridge over the river Glass following estate tracks. The there-and-back detour to the top of Cnoc a Mhardaraidh involves some rough ground and a short steep ascent, but is rewarded by extensive views all round – we will pick up those who prefer to enjoy the views from the lower slopes as we descend. On regaining the track, we complete the circuit of the hill, pausing at a lovely but nameless lochan to enjoy the views and the wildlife.
Distance: 6.5kms 4 miles Ascent: 185m 600ft
Date: Sun 19th March Walk grade B+ Start time: 10:30
Title: Ladycairn to Dochgarroch Rendezvous time: 10:00 UHI
OS Sheet: 26 Grid ref:NH558385 Start NH617404 Finish
Description: Meeting in the An Talla car park at Dochgarroch to arrange car sharing to the start at Ladycairn on the top road to Abriachan (approx. 15-minute drive)From parking at Ladycairn, approx. 150m back along road to Inverness, turning right onto a rough, usually wet and boggy, hill track SE. Leaving the track to take in the trig point summit of Carn a’ Bhodaich before rejoining it to the east of the summit. Continuing on improving tracks east then northeast to Dochfour Hill, with a number of small fords to cross on the way. From Dochfour Hill continuing into the forestry above Dochfour House, through a maze of forestry tracks crossing the Dochfour Burn above and below the hydro reservoir, before joining the Dochfour Business Centre access road by the obelisk and using this to return to the junction with the A82, crossing the main road back to An Talla for tea and cake.
Distance: 11.8km 7.3 miles Ascent: 340m 1115ft
Date: Sat 26th March Walk grade C Start time: 10:15
Title: Glen Meinich
OS Sheet: 25 Grid ref: NH282526
Description: A linear walk on estate track in lovely scenery. Good chance of seeing the resident pair of golden eagles and usually there are herds of deer easily spotted. (Phone reception is poor in the glen)
Distance: 12.8km 8 miles Ascent:239m 784ft
Date: Sun 2nd Apr Walk grade: C Start time: 10:30
Title: Golspie to Littleferry
OS Sheet 21 Grid ref: NH 825998
Description: Park at Golspie harbour. Follow coastline to Littleferry on Loch Fleet. Return along edge of Balblair Wood, joining minor road to walk past golf club to start point. Possible seal activity at Loch Fleet.
Description: Walk starts at Frank Bruce Sculpture Park car park,Feshiebridge. Early in the walk there is a small ford to cross with a single plank bridge. We walk south on the west side of the River Feshie and continue on to Ballintean House. Turn west through forest trails with some beautiful views as we reach higher ground.Good trails lead us round Uath Lochans (or bear’s paw),so configured as will be seen from the view point on Creag Far-Leitre. Descend via tracks and paths to Loch Insh,pass the water sports centre,and on to Invereshie House,then return to the car park.
Description: A waymarked trail that, though not long, is definitely not trivial. Park at the Coille na Glas Leitre Trails car park, which is well signposted on the Loch Maree side of the A832. The path winds up from the car park, giving continually improving views cover Loch Maree and Slioch. The final two-thirds of the climb are steep and rough. Eventually it leads to Conservation Cairn, which allows a tremendous panorama of Torridon peaks, with Beinn Eighe and Meall a’Ghiubhais the most prominent. After that the track winds across a plateau past Lunar Loch before descending a glen, then along the edge of a gorge before dropping further, sometimes through trees, back to the car park. Although only 4 miles in length, this is a walk to take gradually, partly for the rough, steep climb on the outward leg and partly to admire the views (weather permitting…).
Distance: 6.kms 4 miles Ascent: 586m 1923ft
Date: Sun 28th Apr Walk grade: B Start time:10:00
Title: Balnain to Corrimony Rendezvous time: 09:15 UHI
OS Sheet: 26 Grid ref: NH449298
Description: Park in the Forestry Commission car park just before the village of Balbain. We walk gently uphill looking down on Loch Meiklie and the River Enrick, passing through a mix of birch woodland and dense spruce plantation. Most of the undulating trail is on a wide, well-maintained track with a short muddy section along a farm track. One mile past the hamlet of Shenval we leave the track and walk the last 0.5 mile along a quiet country road to visit the 4000-year-old chambered cairn at Corrimony. Return by same route.