GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Fleet

1 miles (1 km)

This walk visits the wonderful Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve near GolspieandDornoch.
The coastal reserve is a splendid place with nature trails and lots of wildlife to look out for. Habitats on the site include tidal basin, sand dunes, shingle ridges and attractive pine woodland including Balbair Wood and Ferry Wood. The area is great for wildlife with seals, otters and various wildfowl to look out for.
This walk starts from the Mound car park but you could also head to Littleferry where there's a lovely coastal path with sand dunes and sea views. See the video below for more details of this.

Postcode

IV25 3JD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Loch Fleet OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch Fleet Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head east towards Golspie and you could enjoy a climb to Ben Bhraggie. At the top you'll find the Sutherland monument and wonderful views over the area. Just east of here there's also Loch Brora where there's another peaceful waterside trail to try.
Head north west towards Lairg and you could visit another local highlight at the Falls of Shin. The beautiful falls are a great place to see salmon leaping during the late summer months. There's also a decent visitor centre, car park and cafe at the site. Near here you can also visit Loch Shin in Lairg itself.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Scottish Highlands Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Loch Fleet - geograph.org.uk - 583032

Loch Fleet. Looking from the narrows into the upper part of Loch Fleet. The loch is almost cut off from the sea by a bar of shingle, but it is still tidal, and provides a habitat for birds, seals, otters and crabs. It is a National Nature Reserve.

Loch Fleet behind the Mound - geograph.org.uk - 1800977

Behind the Mound. The inland part of the loch.

Seal at Loch Fleet - geograph.org.uk - 907044

Seal at Loch Fleet

Upper Loch Fleet - geograph.org.uk - 583034

Looking across the entrance to the upper part of the loch. The loch is almost cut off from the sea by a bar of shingle, but it is still tidal, and provides a habitat for birds, seals, otters and crabs. It is a National Nature Reserve.

Littleferry, Highlands - geograph.org.uk - 730067

Looking east along the shore of Littleferry towards where Loch Fleet meets the North Sea. Note the wreck on the beach.

Balblair Bay - at low tide - geograph.org.uk - 624669

Balblair Bay

The Mound and Loch Fleet - geograph.org.uk - 1728629

The Mound and Loch. Autumn from the summit of the Prince's Cairn, a rarely climbed hill though frequently driven past one.

Skelbo Castle - geograph.org.uk - 86161

Skelbo Castle. Ruined castle on the southern side of the site.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Loch Fleet.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Loch Fleet.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)