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Walking: The Sutherland Trail

For scenic beauty, historical interest, wildlife and plants, monuments, ruins and clan history you can find it all in the fifty walks from 16-mile scrambles across the peaks of Sutherland

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Mountain Biking in Sutherland
In Golspie, home to the award winning Highland Wildcat Trail, established in 2005 and covers over 18Km. The most northern of Scotland’s mountain bike centres, the evocatively named Highland Wildcat Trails are accessed directly from the centre of Golspie, a picturesque village about an hour’s drive north of Inverness, and 5 miles south of Auchencairn in Brora.

The village, with a population of less than 2,000, sits by the shores of Moray Firth and in the shadows of Ben Bhraggie (pronounced “Ben Vraggy”). At 397m, this is not an enormous mountain, but the monument near the summit in memory of the 1st Duke of Sutherland – known as “The Wee Mannie”– is visible for many miles around.

The trail, which climbs up the side of Ben Bhraggie before plunging back down to Golspie again, was designed and built by Pete Laing, the man who built the first trails at Glentress. And it includes many of the features common to 7stanes and other man-made centres, with jumps and berms, as well as more technical rock sections and drop-offs.

Not surprisingly, it begins climbing as soon as you leave the new car park (located under the railway bridge beyond the public car park in the village centre) and meanders all the way up the slope to the monument. However, this isn’t just a grinding, exhausting climb. It zig-zags up and around the trees, with lots of interesting features and diversions, and it’s so well made and nice to ride that you might even forget , in places, that you’re climbing at all.

For more information see: Highland Wildcat

Salmon Fishing

“Recently someone said that on his first visit to the River Brora he found it to be one of the most relaxing and tranquil places he had visited with scenery to compare with the worlds finest, and having the chance to fish amongst that was just a bonus”.
John Bray, River Brora Manager

The River Brora is known as one of Sutherland’s best salmon rivers. Upper Brora starts at the beautiful Balnacoil, entering the 4 mile stretch of Loch Brora. The Loch then flows into Lower Brora, where the fishing is operated on a rotation between the north and the south bank.

Stats:

  • Season: February through to October.
  • Catches: 20 fish per week, but has been known to rise to 40 fish per week.
  • Ghillies: no resident ghillies although ghillies can usually be arranged given adequate notice.
  • Local tips: the lower river is that it often fishes best in low water.

For more information see: The River Brora

  • Contact: John Bray, River Manager
  • E: brayj@tiscali.co.uk
  • T: +44(0)1408 633 268 (Evelyn) / 44(0)1738 451 111 (Betty)

For general fishing information see: Fishing in Scotland

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