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Kyle of Sutherland

The Kyle of Sutherland is the extension of the Dornoch Firth east after the narrows at Bonar Bridge. It extends a long way inland as far as the bailey bridge beyond Rosehall. This extension inland makes it probably (I will have to check this) the most westerly point on the east coast of Scotland. It is fed by several rivers, including the River Shin, the River Cassley, the River Oykel, and the River Carron which flows into the Kyle very near Bonar Bridge.

The Kyle separated Sutherland from Ross for centuries until 1975 when The Highland Region changed its internal boundaries leaving both sides within Sutherland.

Fine views can be enjoyed of the Kyle from paths leading from our B&B in Culrain over the Invershin Footbridge into Balblair Woods, and to Carbisdale Castle through Carbisdale Woods.

There are spectacular views of Ben More Assynt from the south side of the Kyle as it turns westward and inland, and delightful flower meadows on the north side. This is gentle countryside with wildflower meadows, farmland, forestry and some interesting places to visit such as Rosehall for the Cassley Falls, Ravens Rock Gorge, and the famous Falls of Shin where you can watch salmon leap.

The area is also great for lazy cycling, especially the Rosehall to Invershin Road, apart from the hill leading up and out of Rosehall which then descends back down to the Kyle. (There is also some nice lazy cycling some of the way towards Oykel Bridge from Rosehall, along the River Oykel). The south side of the Kyle via the bailey bridge to Culrain is gently undulating, making a nice easy cycle route too.

The road to Culrain from just outside Rosehall has a bailey bridge, sometimes not passable during high tides and wet weather. Remarkably the Dornoch Firth is tidal as far as here, probably the most westerly stretch of sea on the east coast of Britain.

More information can be found on the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust website.

Kyle of Sutherland from Bonar Bridge

Kyle of Sutherland from Bonar Bridge

Kyle of Sutherland from Carbisdale Woods

Kyle of Sutherland from Carbisdale Woods

River Oykel near the bailey bridge

River Oykel near the bailey bridge

 

 

The Kyle of Sutherland and Carn Salachaidh from Balblair Woods. More Pictures >>

Kyle of Sutherland and Carn Salachaidh from Balblair Woods
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