A Walk in Rosehall Forest

 

 

On days with forecast showers we love to walk in the forests. To avoid the crowds in the National Park, we headed for Rosehall Forest in Sutherland. With a mixture of pine, spruce, firs and beech, there is always some tree-cover close by when we need it.

The log cabin that welcomes us by the car park was built by community volunteers. It has a few chairs and tables and information boards which tell you about the history of the forest. Since most of the nearby cafes are closed for Winter, this is a good spot for a picnic when it rains.

 

two whippets in black winter jackets on a forest trail beside young trees and brown grass

 

A former deer park, Rosehall Forest is now owned by the forestry commission. Horse-drawn carriages used to travel along these wider tracks. Today the track is used as a logging road and part of a sustainable working forest.

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket running on a narrow forest trail

 

There are several narrow paths off the main track, which are great for whippet zoomies. You can walk in a loop or follow these paths deeper into one section of the forest and link up with other paths later. The suggested trails combine into a 9km/5.5 mile walk and you can extend this further if you want to.

 

view of a flowing stream from the forest trail above in Winter

 

The main path continues to climb and crosses a flowing burn with moss-covered banks. The sound of water tumbling over the stones follows us into the forest.

 

a sign with a poem about the otter on the bank of a flowing stream in Rosehall Forest

 

On the banks of the burn that flows through the forest we find a sign designed by pupils from the local primary school. It has a picture of an otter and a poem that reads:

I catch only a glimmer
as you shine and shimmer
for a second in the sunlit water
I wish I could dive and slide and play
and share your world for just one day

 

two whippets in black winter jackets walking side by side down a narrow forest trail

 

The paths between the trees are soft underfoot and very kind on the pads of dogs too. The banks on either side are covered in pale grass, moss and winter heather.

 

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At the highest point of the trail the light is bright, even in the drizzle. Green grass grows among the gold. Climbing over the brow we catch a glimpse of Strath Oykel.

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket climbing onto a bank beside a forest trail

 

The forest is home to sika deer and other wildlife. Although Eivor is curious about deer, he won’t chase them. If you’re walking here with dogs with a strong instinct for hunting, this is a good place to keep them close or put them on the lead before descending back into the deeper forest.

 

a black whippet in a black winter jacket looking between the trees from a forest trail

 

The path winds further down to join the main path where we started our walk. Some of the mosses and lichens that grow on the lower ground are very similar to those found in the Celtic rainforests of the West.

 

close up shot of raindrops hanging of the branch of a fir tree

We hope you enjoyed our little stroll in the rain. There will be a few more images from the trail in tomorrow’s post Part of Our World.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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black whippet in a black harness and celtic collar striding along the loch shore

 

below the bridge
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© Xenia Tran

 

Loch an Eilein in autumn colours, water flowing in a small waterfall towards the burn

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/125 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/1250 s, ISO 160.

 

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snow on the peaks across the Moray Firth with the beach and incoming tide in the foreground

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/

 

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blue whippet in winter coat climbing a mountain trail, seen from behind

 

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a black whippet in a winter jacket on a mountain trail looking back at the camera over his right shoulder

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/800 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/250 s, ISO 100.

 

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two whippets playing among heather in the mountains

 

lit by the sun
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© Xenia Tran

 

Gleann Einich clad in purple heather

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5, 1/800 s, ISO 160 and f/4.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 160.

 

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Photographs by Xenia Tran, first two photographs unedited, third photograph edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA.

 

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Photographs by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.

 

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