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Walks in and around Culrain Village

There is a network of trails accessible directly from the house, and very quiet single track roads suitable for walking or lazy cycling. Immediately at the rear of the house you can access a well-maintained track that will give you panoramic views of the Dornoch Firth via a gentle ascent, or lead you to a thickly wooded area of pine trees with a gushing stream, and a secluded Lochan. There are benches to sit on at various places. A short walk from the bottom of the garden takes you to Carbisdale Castle, at one time a famous Youth Hostel. The main walkers' trail is marked with green posts with a yellow band and forms a lovely route with views across the farmland of Culrain to the Dornoch Firth, and the hills above Ardgay.

You can also wonder up the quiet road at the end of the access track, where it turns into tracks that provide fine views of Ben Klibreck and of the Kyle of Sutherland above Bonar Bridge. Heading the opposite direction there is an easy walk to the Invershin Footbridge from where there are fine views of the Kyle of Sutherland and Carbisdale Castle. From the Invershin Footbridge you can access the lovely Balblair woods by walking down the main road (take care!) for a about 200 meters. Here there is also an extensive network of footpaths and mountain bike trails and magnificent views. From Balblair Woods, you can walk into Bonar Bridge, have a cup of tea, then walk over the bridge and along the pavement to Ardgay from where you can return to Culrain via the woods just after the bridge over the River Carron just outside Ardgay.

We have maps of the walks in the area and can suggest routes for all weathers e.g. the waterfall route when it is wet or misty.

View from one of the woodland walks behind the house

Misty autumnal morning from Carbisdale Woods

Balblair Hill from the path to Carbisdale Castle

Balblair Hill from the path to Carbisdale Castle

View of Struie Hill from walking along the quiet road towards Hilton above Culrain

View from the quiet road towards Hilton above Culrain



View towards the hills above Ardgay from the track from the bottom of the garden to Carbisdale Castle. More Pictures > >

View towards the hills above Ardgay from the track from the bottom of the garden to Carbisdale Castle
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