Sutherland Countryside Events 2011

Sutherland countryside events

Countryside Ranger events in Sutherland:

Assynt

  • 02 June 2011  Kylestrome & Glendubh, by Kylesku
    • Come on a hill and coastal walk with spectacular views and the chance of seeing ravens, red deer, seals, divers and moorland flowers. Meet at Reay Forest Estate car park, Kylestrome.

    11am – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 218346, Grade D [Adults £5, Concession £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 07 June 2011  Achmelvich Coastal Walk
    • What are you interested in? This delightful walk through croftland and machair bursting with wildflowers covers it all. Watch out for dolphins too, and hear lots of stories. Meet at Achmelvich Beach car park.

    11am – 3pm, Grid Ref – NC 058248, Grade B, C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 09 June 2011  Drumbeg Peat Road
    • Journey to the mysterious interior of Assynt, rich in wildlife and history and dangerous stories. Meet at Drumbeg Viewpoint car park.

    11am – 3pm, Grid Ref – NC 120330, Grade C [Adults £5, Concession £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 14 June 2011  Bats Evening at Lochinver
    • Join us for a slide show at the Visitor Centre followed by a visit to the local pipistrelle roost to watch up to 100 bats leave their roost. Bring midge protection. Meet at the Assynt Visitor Centre.

    9pm – 11pm, Grid Ref – NC 094225, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 16 June 2011  Bone Caves to the Traligill Basin
    • Discover a fascinating walk linking two cave systems within the limestone area of Inchnadamph. Take in the amazing tapestry of alpine flowers as we travel through red deer country. Meet at Bone Caves car park, 4km south of Inchnadamph.

    11am – 5pm, Grid Ref – NC 254179, Grade C [Adults £5, Concession £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 21 June 2011  Clachtoll Coastal Walk
    • Join us on this beautiful coastal walk through a crofting village past an iron age fort. Hear the story of skeletons, ancient saunas and the ‘murder hole’. Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park.

    11am – 2pm, Grid Ref – NC 040273, Grade B [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 23 June 2011  River Inver to Glencanisp
    • Amble along the riverside woodland via the Highland clearance village of Dubh Clais, returning along the lochshore. We will be looking out for black-throated divers. Meet at the Assynt Visitor Centre, Lochinver.

    11am – 3pm, Grid Ref – NC 094225, Grade B [Adults £5, Concession £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 28 June 2011  The Bone Caves
    • Take a fascinating walk back in time to the caves where the bones of Ice Age reindeer, humans and even polar bears were discovered. Meet at the Bone Caves car park, 4km south of Inchnadamph.

    11am – 2pm, Grid Ref – NC 254179, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 30 June 2011  The Old Man of Stoer
    • Clifftop walk to the point of Stoer. Encounter the nesting seabirds and look out for great skuas, peregrines, seals and dolphins. We will get close views of the Old Man of Stoer. Meet at Stoer Lighthouse.

    11am – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 005328, Grade C [Adults £5, Concession £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 04 July 2011  Survival Skills, Culag Woods
    • Learn some wilderness survival skills, including shelter building and fire lighting. Meet at Culag Woods car park, 500m south of Lochinver Primary School.

    11am – 1pm, Grid Ref – NC 093213, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 05 July 2011  Rock Pools at Achmelvich
    • There is more to rock pooling than a load of old crabs stuffed in a bucket. You just need to look at things a little differently. Meet at Achmelvich Beach car park.

    4pm – 5.30pm, Grid Ref – NC 058248, Grade A [Adults free, Children £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 06 July 2011  Quinag
    • Explore this fantastic Assynt mountain (808m). Look for mountain azalea, mountain hares and ptarmigan. If the weather is not good, we will do a shorter, lower level walk. Meet at the car park 3km north of Skiag Bridge.

    10am – 5pm, Grid Ref – NC 232274, Grade D [Adults £5, Concession £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 12 July 2011  Stoer to Balchladdich Coastal Walk
    • Enjoy a clifftop walk with magnificent scenery and geology. There will be a good chance of seeing dolphins, seabirds, seals and otters. There is no path. Meet at Stoer Cemetery.

    11am – 3pm, Grid Ref – NC 040283, Grade C [Adults £5, Concession £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 13 July 2011  Achmelvich Coastal Walk
    • What are you interested in? This delightful walk through croftland and machair bursting with wildflowers covers it all. Watch out for dolphins too, and hear lots of stories. Meet at Achmelvich Beach car park.

    11am – 3pm, Grid Ref – NC 058248, Grade B, C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 14 July 2011  The Gruffalo, Lochinver
    • A mouse took a walk in the deep, dark woods… Follow the trail to find the Gruffalo. Suitable for families with children 3 – 8 yrs old. May get muddy. Meet at Culag Woods car park, 500m south of Lochinver Primary School.

    11am – 1pm, Grid Ref – NC 093213, Grade A [Adults free, Children £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 19 July 2011  Clachtoll Coastal Walk
    • Join us on this beautiful coastal walk through a crofting village past an Iron Age fort. Hear the story of skeletons, ancient saunas and the ‘murder hole’. Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park.

    11am – 2pm, Grid Ref – NC 040273, Grade B [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 20 July 2011  The Limestone Valley of the Traligill
    • Take a fascinating walk through ancient limestone scenery, past secret caves, dramatic waterfalls and dry river beds. Meet at Inchnadamph car park.

    11am – 3pm, Grid Ref – NC 251216, Grade C [Adults £5, Concession £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 21 July 2011  The Snail and the Whale, Achmelvich
    • “This is the tale of a tiny snail and a great big grey-blue humpback whale”. Suitable for families with children 3 – 8 yrs old. Meet at Achmelvich Beach car park.

    11am – 2pm, Grid Ref – NC 058248, Grade B [Adults free, Children £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 26 July 2011  The Bone Caves
    • Take a fascinating walk back in time to the caves where bones of Ice Age reindeer, humans and even polar bears were discovered. Meet at the Bone Caves car park, 4km south of Inchnadamph.

    11am – 2pm, Grid Ref – NC 254179, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 26 July 2011  Otters in Assynt (slide show)
    • Discover how to increase your chances of seeing an otter in Assynt and learn about their really wild lifestyle. Meet at the Assynt Visitor Centre, Lochinver.

    7.30pm, Grid Ref – NC 094225, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 27 July 2011  Otters at Stoer
    • Walk along the clifftop to look for evidence of otters and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Meet at Stoer Cemetery.

    10am – 1pm, Grid Ref – NC 040283, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01571 844654

  • 28 July 2011  Rock Pools at Clachtoll
    • There is more to rock pooling than a load of old crabs stuffed in a bucket. You just need to look at things a little differently. Meet at Clachtoll Beach car park.

    11am – 1pm, Grid Ref – NC 040273, Grade A [Adults free, Children £3]
    Contact –  01571 844654

Mid and East Sutherland

  • 23 June 2011  Balblair Rare
    • A pleasant walk through the National Nature Reserve looking for one-flowered wintergreen and twinflower. Meet at Balblair woods, Loch Fleet, by Golspie.

    2.30pm – 4.30pm, Grid Ref – NH 815977, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 24 June 2011  Blooming Marvellous
    • A walk through the dunes and grassland of the common good lands. Meet at the Airfield car park, Dornoch.

    2.30pm – 4.30pm, Grid Ref – NH 802884, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 05 July 2011  Bushcraft Skills
    • Shelter building, fire lighting and cord making skills for all budding Ray Mears’. Meet at Dunrobin Castle car park.

    10.30am – 12.30pm, Grid Ref – NC 850010, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 05 July 2011  Osprey Watch
    • Join us on the lookout for a pair of Sutherland’s nesting ospreys. Meet at the Mound car park, between Golspie and Dornoch.

    2pm – 4pm, Grid Ref – NH 776982, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 06 July 2011  Mud Glorious Mud
    • Explore Loch Fleet’s mud flats for the amazing hidden wildlife. Wellies essential. Meet at Balblair Woods, Loch Fleet, by Golspie.

    10.30am – 12.30pm, Grid Ref – NH 815977, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 07 July 2011  Rockpool Rummage
    • Explore the shore for the weird and wonderful wildlife normally hidden by the tide. Meet at Helmsdale Harbour car park.

    10.30am – 12.30pm, Grid Ref – ND 030152, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 07 July 2011  Gold Panning
    • Visit the site of Sutherland’s gold rush and try your hand at gold panning. Meet at Helmsdale Harbour car park.

    1.30pm – 3.30pm, Grid Ref – ND 030152, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2 (plus £3 for equipment hire)]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 12 July 2011  Happy Bird-Day
    • Come along to our bird ringing session in the morning for unforgettable close-ups of our native birds. We’ll look at owl pellets and play bird bingo in the afternoon. Meet at the Ferrycroft Centre, Lairg.

    10am – 2pm, Grid Ref – NC 579062, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 13 July 2011  Pond Dipping
    • Using pond and butterfly nets, we will find whatever flips, flops and flies in the Skelbo pond. Meet at Skelbo Forest car park, near Dornoch.

    10.30am – 12.30pm, Grid Ref – NH 780942, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 15 July 2011  The Gruffalo
    • A mouse took a walk in the deep, dark woods… Follow the trail to find the Gruffalo. Suitable for families with children 3 – 8 yrs old. May get muddy. No need to book. Meet at the Ferrycroft Centre, Lairg.

    11am – 1pm, Grid Ref – NC 579062, Grade A [Adults free, Children £3]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 19 July 2011  Blooming Marvellous
    • A walk through the dunes and grassland of the common good lands. Meet at the Airfield car park, Dornoch.

    10.30am – 12.30pm, Grid Ref – NH 802884, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 19 July 2011  Osprey Watch
    • Join us on the lookout for a pair of Sutherland’s nesting ospreys. Meet at the Mound car park, between Golspie and Dornoch.

    2pm – 3.30pm, Grid Ref – NH 777983, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 20 July 2011  Seal Watch
    • Come and get some of the closest views of common seals anywhere in Scotland. Meet at the small car park by Skelbo Castle, on the south shore of Loch Fleet.

    10am – 12pm, Grid Ref – NH 793953, Grade A [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

  • 21 July 2011  Golspie to Brora Cycle
    • A round trip from Golspie to Brora (nearly) and back using forest roads and estate tracks. Great safe off-road cycling. Approx 10miles. Meet at the mountain bike trail car park up the hill (and under the railway) from the fountain in Golspie.

    10.30am – 1pm, Grid Ref – NC 829003, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01549 402638

North Caithness

  • 10 June 2011  Puffin Watch
    • Join the Ranger and walk to see the largest puffin colony in the area. We should see hundreds of puffins at this site. Telescope provided, but bring your binoculars, cameras, boots and warm clothing. Meet at Sutherland/Caithness boundary sign on A836 north road.

    6.30pm, Grid Ref – NC 921645, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 16 June 2011  Dwarick Head
    • Guided walk out over Dwarick Head passing Peedie Sands to Chapel Geo. Lots of lovely plants and great views over Dunnet Bay and beyond. Meet at Dwarick Pier, West Dunnet. Bring a packed lunch.

    11am, Grid Ref – ND 207713, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 05 July 2011  Meet the Gruffalo
    • Children’s event suitable for under 8s. Join the story and meet the fabulous creatures who live in Dunnet Forest. Meet at Dunnet Forest car park.

    11am, Grid Ref – ND 221698, Grade B [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 08 July 2011  Batty Modelling
    • Help the Ranger to construct a huge model of a bat as part of the International Year of the Bat. The finished model will be displayed at the Seadrift Centre. All materials provided. Meet at the Seadrift Centre.

    11am, Grid Ref – ND 219706, Grade B [Family £5/£8]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 22 July 2011  Nature’s Puppets
    • Discover nature by enjoying a family puppet show with music and fun. Meet at the Seadrift Centre.

    6.30pm, Grid Ref – ND 219706, Grade A [Family £5/£8]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 28 July 2011  Find Your Way
    • Join the Rangers and have fun learning the basics of navigation using a map and compass to keep you right in the Great Outdoors. Materials provided but also bring your own. Meet at Duncansby Head Lighthouse car park.

    2pm, Grid Ref – ND 405734, Grade B [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01847 821531

North Sutherland

  • 05 June 2011  Strathy Point to Armadale Bay
    • Stunning guided walk along sea cliffs with coastal flowers and birds. Cars needed to help return. Drivers: please phone if you can help. Meet at Totegan car park (Strathy Point). Dogs not welcome.

    11am, Grid Ref – NC 827687, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 12 June 2011  Kirkton to Portskerra
    • Guided walk out over the hill via Cnoc Eipteil and back along the burn gorge to Portskerra coast. Great views and stunning promontory fort site. Meet at Halladale Inn car park to car-share.

    11am, Grid Ref – NC 888641, Grade D [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 14 June 2011  Ard Mor
    • Great views from this wonderful headland at Bettyhill. Lots of great plants and a chance of porpoise in the bay. Some high cliffs. Meet at Bettyhill Pier by the River Naver.

    2pm, Grid Ref – NC 701620, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 06 July 2011  Meet the Gruffalo
    • Young children’s event suitable for the under 8s. Join the story and meet the fabulous creatures who live in Borgie Forest. Meet at Borgie Forest Gaelic Tree Alphabet car park. Limited numbers. Booking recommended.

    1pm, Grid Ref – NC 685586, Grade A [Family £5/£8]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 19 July 2011  Bumblebee Safari and Wildflowers
    • Join the Ranger to help you identify our local bumblebees, hopefully including the rare great yellow bumblebee, then on to a superb wildflower area to find others. Meet at Bettyhill TIC/Café car park.

    2pm, Grid Ref – NC 715622, Grade B [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 20 July 2011  Kite Making
    • Join the Ranger and have fun making your very own kite from household objects, then let’s see them fly. All materials provided but numbers are limited. Meet at Farr School main entrance.

    11am, Grid Ref – NC 705619, Grade A [Family £5/£8]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 24 July 2011  Captain Ivy’s Cave and the Priest’s Stone
    • Time/tide dependent. Come and see if we can locate the legendary Captain Ivy’s cave on Strathy Beach, then walk out on to the hill to see the Pictish Priest’s Stone. Meet at Strathy Beach Log Cabin.

    , Grid Ref – NC 837657, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01847 821531

  • 27 July 2011  Portskerra Rock Pools
    • Have fun catching and learning about the amazing creatures found in the rock pools at Portskerra. Some nets provided. Please bring your own as well. Meet at Portskerra old harbour slipway (not the pier).

    11am, Grid Ref – NC 878664, Grade B [Family £5/£8]
    Contact –  01847 821531

North-west Sutherland

  • 01 June 2011  Talmine Treasures
    • Masses of beautiful plants, including lesser butterfly orchids. Interesting geology and sea life en route to Port Vasgo. Meet at Talmine Pier, but please do not block pier access. No need to book.

    10.30am – 1.30pm, Grid Ref – NC 588632, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 02 June 2011  Kylestrome & Glendubh, by Kylesku
    • Hill and coastal walk with spectacular views and the chance of seeing ravens, red deer, seals, divers and moorland flowers. Walking on rough tracks and heath. Meet at Reay Forest Estate car park, Kylestrome. No need to book.

    11am – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 218346, Grade D [Adults £5, Concession £3]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 06 June 2011  Do the Puffin Walk – Faraid Head, Durness
    • 2hr walk to view a small colony of puffins; across a beautiful beach and returning through the dunes. Meet at Balnakeil Beach car park.

    2pm – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 392687, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 13 June 2011  Do the Puffin Walk – Faraid Head, Durness
    • 2hr walk to view a small colony of puffins; across a beautiful beach and returning through the dunes. Meet at Balnakeil Beach car park.

    2pm – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 392687, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 16 June 2011  Scourie Bay Coastal Walk, North Shore
    • Superb views, wild flowers, geology and seabirds. Meet at Pier car park.

    10.30am – 1.30pm, Grid Ref – NC 155448, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 20 June 2011  Do the Puffin Walk – Faraid Head, Durness
    • 2hr walk to view a small colony of puffins; across a beautiful beach and returning through the dunes. Meet at Balnakeil Beach car park.

    2pm – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 392687, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 27 June 2011  Do the Puffin Walk – Faraid Head, Durness
    • 2hr walk to view a small colony of puffins; across a beautiful beach and returning through the dunes. Meet at Balnakeil Beach car park.

    2pm – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 392687, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 29 June 2011  Talmine Treasures
    • Masses of beautiful plants, including lesser butterfly orchids. Interesting geology and sea life en route to Port Vasgo. Meet at Talmine Pier, but please do not block pier access. No need to book.

    10.30am – 1.30pm, Grid Ref – NC 588632, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 11 July 2011  Do the Puffin Walk – Faraid Head, Durness
    • 2hr walk to view a small colony of puffins; across a beautiful beach and returning through the dunes. Meet at Balnakeil Beach car park.

    2pm – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 392687, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 13 July 2011  Talmine Treasures
    • Masses of beautiful plants, including lesser butterfly orchids. Interesting geology and sea life en route to Port Vasgo. Meet at Talmine Pier, but please do not block pier access. No need to book.

    10.30am – 1.30pm, Grid Ref – NC 588632, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 18 July 2011  Do the Puffin Walk – Faraid Head, Durness
    • 2hr walk to view a small colony of puffins; across a beautiful beach and returning through the dunes. Meet at Balnakeil Beach car park.

    2pm – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 392687, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 21 July 2011  Scourie Cliffs
    • Fine scenery, sea caves and cliffs, wild flowers and seabirds. Not suitable for young children. Meet at Free Church car park.

    10.30am – 1pm, Grid Ref – NC 152434, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

  • 25 July 2011  Do the Puffin Walk – Faraid Head, Durness
    • 2hr walk to view a small colony of puffins; across a beautiful beach and returning through the dunes. Meet at Balnakeil Beach car park.

    2pm – 4pm, Grid Ref – NC 392687, Grade C [Adults £3, Concession £2]
    Contact –  01971 511756

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