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Walking & Cycling

Skelbo Forest Dornoch
Skelbo is a commercial forest plantation; this waymarked walk around it runs along the edge in places to give more open views towards Ben Bhraggie. The trail has several crude wooden sculptures and tableaux to add to the appeal for children.

The Skelbo Forestry car park is on a minor road just off the A9 and is signed. The walk itself is well waymarked with green marker posts. Begin from the large pond and follow the signed trail to a junction.

Big Burn Golspie

This is Golspie's hidden gem: a spectacular short walk up a gorge criss-crossed by footbridges and ending in a waterfall. A really excellent circuit.

There is a car park signed for this walk at the eastern end of Golspie, just west of the A9's bridge over the burn. A clear footpath begins here, heading upstream past the welcome sign, with Golspie Mill well seen across the burn. Soon the high railway arch comes into view ahead, and the path itself also crosses the burn on its own much more modest hump-backed footbridge. Pass under the railway arch and follow the path, ignoring a branch off left to a picnic area. The path crosses two small footbridges over feeder streams.

Dornoch Links to Embo
An excellent circuit taking in the historic buildings of Dornoch, the world famous golf course, and the bracing sandy shore to the pier at Embo and back to Dornoch. This walk can be linked to the Dornoch Point walk by continuing along the shore instead of returning to the town at the Inshore Lifeboat Station.

From the main junction in the centre of Dornoch walk north along the A949 (Bridge Street). Just before you reach the old station building, cross the road to the right and follow some steps through woods signed for Embo. Keep on the path to the left, following the fence also on your left that goes above and round the back of a large house, then keep going on the path until you reach the kissing gate at the road. At a kissing gate cross the road and follow the path through another gate onto another woodland path. Follow the broad path and turn left then right at signs for Embo via Earl's Cross.

Lots more can be found on the Walk Highlands Website