Walking and Hiking in the Scottish Highlands
Walking is available just about anywhere in the Highlands. There is a huge variety of walks available for either the serious Munro buster or those who enjoy a gentle stroll in some of the finest scenery in the world. There is something for all abilities – you can stroll on the foreshore in front of the house or aim for the Fyrish monument which you can see on the skyline from the village.
A two minute walk from the house takes you to the beautifully kept ruined church with its ancient burial ground. Just past the church you can take an hour long circular walk over the wooden bridge which spans the Skiach River. From here you can walk beside the river to Evanton Village, through the village and back across the bridge over the A9 and along the foreshore approaching the house from the opposite direction.
Walking along the Cromarty Firth
The Village of Alness
The Falls of Bruar
For a more comprehensive view visit Dolphin Ecosse, based at Cromarty on the tip of the Black Isle. Here you can join Dolphin and Nature trips as well as pick up Boat Charters on the Moray Firth, which is home to a population of Bottlenose dolphins, and see these beautiful creatures in their natural environment.
North Kessock and The Black Isle
At North Kessock on the Black Isle is the Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park (open 7 days a week March to November). If you are interested in animals and birds or just countryside, you will enjoy a visit to this quiet corner of the Black Isle its an ideal place for all the family. You can feed the ducks, geese and swans, see the friendly goats, pot-bellied pigs, rare sheep and cattle or stroke the rabbits.
Loch Ness, which is reputed to be home to the Loch Ness Monster is an easy 30 or 40 minutes drive from Evanton. Drumnadrochit and Urquart Castle are the main centres along the lochside where you will find everything for the dedicated monster hunter, including exhibitions and boat trips.
For water of a different kind the area has outstanding waterfalls. Two that are easily accessible are Rogie Falls which is on the B835 about 15miles from Evanton (through Strathpeffer) and Falls of Shin 27 miles on the B837 between Bonar Bridge and Lairg. The latter is a must to visit between June and September when the salmon are spawning and need to make their way upstream and must leap the falls to do so.
Visit Walk Highlands for further information on local walks.
The Highland regions of Scotland offer a great deal to birdwatchers. The vast area holds some habitats of prime importance in national and international terms. The flow country of Caithness and Sutherland are famous for upland breeding waders especially Greenshank. Ross-shire is a land of contrasts between the hard, high mountains and rocky coastline of the west where Black-throated Divers and Golden Eagles are the special birds, and the rolling hills and soft estuaries of the east where internationally important numbers of wader and wildfowl winter. Inverness-shire holds a little bit of everything with an impressive list of exciting birds including Slavonian Grebe, Capercaillie, Ptarmigan, Osprey, Dotterel, Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill and Snow Bunting.
Extremely pleasant, looking forward to coming back.”
Petra and Harald Martens