Walks preview

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.)

Non-members 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

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.

Other information

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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 25th 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.
Distance:  12kms   7.5 miles      Ascent: minimal
Date: Sat 8th Apr                        Walk grade   C              Start time 10:15
Title:  Feshiebridge, Uath Lochans and Loch Insh     Rendezvous time: 09:00 UHI
OS Sheet:   35                            Grid ref:NH848048
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.
Distance: 13.5km    8.3 miles         Ascent: 190m 630ft
15th/16th April  weekend away. Details to follow
Date:  Sat 22nd  Apr                      Walk grade   A            Start time: 10:00
Title:   Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail                            Rendezvous time: 08:30 UHI
OS Sheet:     19                          Grid ref: NH002650
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 30th 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.
Distance: 14.5kms 9 miles               Ascent: 300m 984ft