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The Scotsburn Walk

This is an enjoyable walk which starts on the Struie Road at the north end or on the Scotsburn Road (from Tain) at the south end. The walk can be done from either end. The easier way to do the walk is probably from the Scotsburn Road end, as this means that on your return route you will be heading downhill, though there aren't any really steep hills or long climbs on the walk so the difference is marginal. Also the south end of the walk has more variety of scenery if you want only a short walk. The south end is rural farmland and halfway along the walk is a bothy in a remote area. The north end is more forest and moorland.

We did the walk on a frosty foggy day during the winter and were astounded by the views we witnessed as we climbed above the mist. We were so amazed that we did the walk the next day again, and then I (Alasdair) did it a third day running!

If you want to start from the south end, head towards Tain. Take the bypass around the town and look for a right hand turning onto the Scotsburn Road. There is a sign for Scotsburn. Drive along here for a few miles and you will see a Right of Way sign and a small car parking area on the right here. The total driving distance from Ardgay to here is about 18 miles. There are interpretation panels which explain the route here. This track can be muddy after wet weather and in the winter so make sure you have good footwear.

If you want to start from the north end, head towards Tain from Ardgay on the A836 turning right onto the Struie Road. The turning off the A836 appears quite suddenly so drive slowly along this stretch. You will see a signpost for Ardross and Dingwall (direct route) onto the B9176. Head up the B9176 (don't forget to stop at the magnificent viewpoint) for a few miles and you will see a car parking area on the right here. The total driving distance from Ardgay to here is about 10 miles. This end of the route starts with good quality forestry track though it gives way quite soon to rougher less distinct tracks but if you keep to the main glen and head for the bothy you should do fine. Good footwear is essential.

The Scotsburn Walk is quite near Fyrish and Strath Rusdale, also featuring good walks.

The path

The bothy

Trees near the farm at the south end of the walk



View from the Scotsburn Walk

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