Let the adventure ensue at Camore
Camore has the pleasant open atmosphere of a native pinewood, with purple heather covering the forest floor and glimpses of the surrounding countryside through well-spaced trees.
It's a place where children play imaginatively and adults soak up the forest peace, where buzzards hunt for voles, roe deer flit through the trees and woodland birds feast on wild raspberries and blaeberries in summer. Popular with children, horse riders and dog walkers, this is a forest to return to again and again.
Our map guide to the forests of the Far North will help you explore Camore and other forest trails in Sutherland.
You'll find public toilets, shops and places to eat in Dornoch 2 miles (3.2 km) away.
Explore the open pine stands of Camore Wood and discover some of the 25 Iron Age hut circles from a thriving early farming community.
Firm gravel surface with some uneven earthy sections. Some short steep slopes and two individual steps. Parts may be wet after rain.
2 ¼ miles / 3.8 km Allow 1½ hours
Mountain biking trails
There's a permanent intermediate level orienteering course through these open woodlands. Contact us for a map.
Horse riders are welcome at Camore.
We manage this forest using continuous cover forestry, so new trees are regenerating alongside the older pines and there are plenty of places for animals to hide. The plants and wildlife like it and we think you will too.
The forest is rarely wet or boggy because it's planted on a glacial esker, a gravel ridge left over from the Ice Age. Perhaps this is why it was a popular place to live 2-3000 years ago. Hidden in the forest are more than 25 hut circles and chambered cairns, and not far away is a prehistoric standing stone - where St Gilbert reputedly slayed the Dornoch dragon with a bow and arrow. Find out more at the Historylinks Museum in Dornoch.
How to get here
From Dornoch travel west along Castle Street and turn left into Sutherland Road (signposted Cuthill). After 2 miles (3.2 km) turn right at the forestry signs and follow a forest road to the car park at grid reference NH 767 887).
From the south, cross the Dornoch Bridge on the A9 and turn right onto a singletrack road signposted Cuthill. 1½ miles (2.4 km) further on you'll see the forestry signs on your left.
IV25 3RW is the nearest postcode.
There's a regular bus service from Inverness to Dornoch, about 2 miles (3.2 km) from Camore forest. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
Try the enjoyable trail through nearby Skelbo, as well as family trails across the Dornoch Bridge in Aldie Burn and Tain Hill. For nearby trails in Ross-shire try our guide to the Forests of Ross and Cromarty.
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