Ranger guided walks – 2016

Highland Council Ranger Service Guided walks in Assynt 2016

For more information contact – Andy Summers at the Assynt Visitor Centre, Lochinver. tel 01571 844654

or email andy.summers@highland.gov.uk

or find us on Facebook Caithness and Sutherland Countryside Rangers.

 

Tuesday May 10, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Achmelvich Coastal Walk

Come and see brilliant orchids, jewelled rocks and marvellous machair as we walk along a coastline steeped in crofting history, to the old mill at Altanabradhan.

Meet at Achmelvich Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 058248. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday May 17, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Bone Caves, Inchnadamph

This is a fascinating walk back in time to the ice-age where the bones of reindeer, polar bears and even humans were discovered in the caves. Stout footwear is essential.

Meet at Bone Caves car park, 2.5miles south of Inchnadamph. Grid ref: NC 254179. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Thursday May 19, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Clachtoll Peat Road

A journey into the heart of Assynt’s peatlands. See the druid’s cave and old stone carvings, learn about the peatbanks and get a glimpse of the old way of life. This walk is part of the Peatland fortnight of events.

Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 040273. Grade B. Free event.

 

Tuesday May 24, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Drumbeg Peat Road

Stunning walk in the remote Assynt “cnoc and loch” landscape. We will be walking through the Drumbeg common grazing land full of history and teeming with wildlife. This walk is part of the Peatland fortnight of events.

Meet at Drumbeg view point car park. Grid ref: NC 120330. Grade B. Free event.

 

Thursday May 26, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Clachtoll Coastal Walk

Join us on this beautiful coastal walk through a crofting township rich in wildlife, to the iron-age broch. Hear the stories of skeletons, ancient saunas and catastrophic collapse. Find extraordinary ancient life forms.

Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 040273. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday May 31, 2016 9.00am – 3.00pm Golden Eagles, Lochinver

A journey to hopefully glimpse one of the Golden Eagles that live in Assynt. No guarantees of course but come prepared for a day on the hill.

Booking essential. Meeting place given on booking. Grade D. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday May 31, 2016 9.00pm – 10.30pm Bat Watching, Lochinver

Join us to watch one of nature’s amazing spectacles as up to 100 pipistrelle bats leave their roost. We will start with a short illustrated talk on bats at the Assynt Visitor Centre.

Booking essential. Meeting place given on booking. Grade A. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Wednesday June 01, 2016                11.00am – 2.00pm Harbour Seals, Drumbeg

A visit to the beautiful estuary of Oldany where there is a seal colony and a chance of seeing otters and other birds.

Booking essential. Meeting place given on booking. Grade B. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Thursday June 02, 2016 11.00am – 1.00pm Black-throated Divers, Lochinver

Accompany the Ranger to look for these stunningly beautiful birds on a traditional breeding loch. A speciality of this area, its eerie calls are some of the most evocative sounds of the remote lochs of Assynt.

Booking essential. Meeting place given on booking. Grade B. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Thursday June 02, 2016 7.30pm – 9.00pm Otter Talk, Lochinver

The secret life of the otter in Assynt, come along and hear about how to see them.

Booking essential. Meeting place given on booking. Grade A. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Tuesday June 07, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Bone Caves, Inchnadamph

This is a fascinating walk back in time to the ice-age where the bones of reindeer, polar bears and even humans were discovered in the caves. Stout footwear is essential.

Meet at Bone Caves car park, 2.5miles south of Inchnadamph. Grid ref: NC 254179. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday June 14, 2016 11.00am – 4.00pm Traligill Caves, Inchnadamph

Walk with us on this brilliant walk in the valley of the trolls and see the fantastic flowers and view the evidence of stunning forces which have built mountains and created deep caves.

Meet at Inchnadamph car park. Grid ref: NC 251216. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday June 21, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Achmelvich Coastal Walk

Come and see brilliant orchids, jewelled rocks and marvellous machair as we walk along a coastline steeped in crofting history, to the old mill at Altanabradhan.

Meet at Achmelvich Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 058248. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Thursday June 23, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Drumbeg Peat Road

Stunning walk in the remote Assynt “cnoc and loch” landscape. We will be walking through the Drumbeg Common Grazing land full of history and teeming with wildlife .

Meet at Drumbeg view point car park. Grid ref: NC 120330. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday June 28, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Clachtoll Coastal Walk

Join us on this beautiful coastal walk through a crofting township rich in wildlife, to the iron-age broch. Hear the stories of skeletons, ancient saunas and catastrophic collapse. Find extraordinary ancient life forms.

Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 040273. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday July 05, 2016 1.00pm – 2.30pm Rockpools at Clashnessie

We have some of the best rock pools in the British Isles. Join us and meet some of the really weird wildlife living here. Rocks can be steep and slippery.

Booking essential. Meet at Clashnessie Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 058309. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Wednesday July 06, 2016  11.00am – 3.00pm Bothy Tales and Marshmallows, Lochinver

A walk from Glencanisp Lodge to Suileag Bothy near the foot of Suilven, kindle a fire and toast marshmallows and hear some ‘tales of the bothies’ with story teller Griogar Dawson Allen.

Meet at Glencanisp Lodge – carpark behind the lodge. Grid ref: NC 116222. Grade C. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday July 19, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Clachtoll Coastal Walk

Join us on this beautiful coastal walk through a crofting township rich in wildlife, to the iron-age broch. Hear the stories of skeletons, ancient saunas and catastrophic collapse. Find extraordinary ancient life forms.

Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 040273. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Wednesday July 20, 2016  7.30pm – 9.00pm Otter Talk, Lochinver

The secret life of the otter in Assynt, come along and hear about how to see them.

Meet at the Assynt Visitor Centre, Lochinver. Grid ref: NC 094225. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Tuesday July 26, 2016 10.00am – 5.00pm Aeroplane Flats, Inchnadamph

Trek to the tragic scene of the WW2 aeroplane crash on Beinn an Fhurain (700m) and see the stunning mountain wildlife on the way. There will be an alternative shorter walk if the weather is bad.

Booking essential. Meeting place given on booking. Grade D. Adults £15.00, conc. £7.50,

 

Wednesday July 27, 2016  11.00am – 2.00pm Stories and Art in the Woods, Lochinver

Create your own natural sculptures. Search for images hidden among the trees and rocks.   They all have a story to tell – as have we! Release your inner creativity – for all the family. With guest story teller Griogar Dawson Allen.

Meet at Woodside car park, Culag Woods, past Lochinver Primary on the road to Inverkirkaig. Grid ref: NC 093215. Grade B. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Tuesday August 02, 2016   1.00pm – 2.30pm Rockpools at Clachtoll

We have some of the best rock pools in the British Isles. Join us and meet some of the really weird wildlife living here. Rocks can be steep and slippery.

Booking essential. Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 040273. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Thursday August 04, 2016 12.00pm – 1.30pm Clachtoll Sand Sculpture Contest

Why not enter the contest for the best sand sculpture? Or just come along to admire the many amazing sculptures for free! Loads of really good prizes. Judging and prize giving at 1.30pm .

Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 040273. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Tuesday August 09, 2016   11.00am – 3.00pm Bone Caves, Inchnadamph

This is a fascinating walk back in time to the ice-age where the bones of reindeer, polar bears and even humans were discovered in the caves. Stout footwear is essential.

Meet at Bone Caves car park, 2.5miles south of Inchnadamph. Grid ref: NC 254179. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday August 16, 2016   10.00am – 5.00pm Quinag Mountain Walk

Explore this fantastic Assynt mountain (808m). Look for Mountain Hares and Ptarmigan. If the weather is not good we will do a shorter low level walk. This is a joint walk with the John Muir Trust.

Booking essential. Meeting place given on booking. Grade D. Adults £15.00, conc. £7.50,

 

Tuesday August 23, 2016   11.00am – 3.00pm Clachtoll Coastal Walk

Join us on this beautiful coastal walk through a crofting township rich in wildlife, to the iron-age broch. Hear the stories of skeletons, ancient saunas and catastrophic collapse. Find extraordinary ancient life forms.

Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 040273. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday September 06, 2016 11.00am – 3.00pm Clachtoll Coastal Walk

Join us on this beautiful coastal walk through a crofting township rich in wildlife, to the iron-age broch. Hear the stories of skeletons, ancient saunas and catastrophic collapse. Find extraordinary ancient life forms.

Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park. Grid ref: NC 040273. Grade B. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00.

 

Tuesday September 13, 2016 11.00am – 1.00pm Birdwatching, Culkein Stoer

Explore the bay of Culkein Stoer where we hope to see ringed plovers, redshanks, dunlin, curlew, and many more and maybe even an otter.

Meet at Culkein Beach. Grid ref: NC 038332. Grade B. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

 

Thursday September 22, 2016 11.00am – 2.00pm Fungi in Culag woods, Lochinver

Explore the marvellous world of fungi. Meet the different characters and learn their secrets in one of the best woods for fungi in Sutherland.

Meet at Woodside car park, Culag Woods, past Lochinver Primary on the road to Inverkirkaig. Grid ref: NC 093215. Grade B. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00.

All the walks are led by one of the Rangers. It is important though that you think of your own safety and that of any children for whom you are responsible. Remember too that these are country walks in the Highland weather so please dress accordingly. Bring sturdy shoes, or boots, a picnic and a sense of fun. The Rangers reserve the right to cancel any of these events.

 

Walk Grades: A is easiest, D most challenging, including very rough ground and sometimes steep climbs. Sorry watching wildlife is not usually compatible with taking dogs.

 

For up to date information on all Highland Council Countryside Ranger Events and the Long Distance Trails in Highland go to www.outdoorhighlands.co.uk

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Recent Sightings

Osprey

single adult over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (22/06)

Common Tern

18 feeding Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (22/06)

Black-throated Diver

two Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (22/06)

Red-throated Diver

single bird Loch Inver (DAH) (22/06)

Common Dolphin

two small pods, 5 and 6 animals, off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (21/06)

Harbour Porpoise

several sightings of single animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (21/06)

Red-throated Diver

four flying past Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (21/06)

Golden Plover

two birds seen and heard calling at the foot of Quinag (Sarah Livingstone) (21/06)

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