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Wild rides and wildflowers beside the Kyle of Sutherland

Balblair

Seek adventure at Balblair

If you're looking for a mountain bike challenge, or peaceful walks to a pond where beasties lurk, this hidden gem is worth seeking out. You can explore its sunny forest glades and high rocky slabs on bike, foot or horseback. There's a sense of wild country on the tops, with views west and east over the hills, while deep in the forest you'll find sheltered clearings full of wildflowers and berries.

Our map guide to the forests of the Far North will help you explore Balblair and other forest trails in Sutherland.


Parking Picnic area Walking Mountain biking Viewpoint

Need a refreshment?

You'll find public toilets and a café less than a mile (1.6 km) away in Bonar Bridge, and bike shops in Ardgay and Tain.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Contact: North Highland Forest District

Address: The Links, Golspie Business Park, Golspie

Postcode: KW10 6UB

Telephone: 0300 067 6850

Email: northhighland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

Balblair is 40 miles north of Inverness, close to the village of Bonar Bridge. Take the A836 from Bonar Bridge towards Lairg for one mile (1.6 km) and you'll see the car park on your right at grid reference NH 603 929.

Using SatNav?

IV24 3EE is the nearest postcode, on the edge of Bonar Bridge.

Public transport

From Inverness, there's a train to Ardgay, an easy 2 mile / 3.2 km cycle from the forest. Or you can catch a bus to Bonar Bridge and walk to Balblair. You'll find timetables and details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

The Highland Wildcat MTB trails near Golspie are well worth checking out. For gentle walks and leaping salmon in the summer go to the Falls of Shin, and for sheer forest delight, Raven's Rock is hard to beat.


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