COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
Leaping salmon and gorse blooms in the far north
Borgie forest takes its name from an outstanding salmon river which springs to life in the Flow Country below Ben Loyal and enters the sea through sandy Torrisdale Bay. The salmon swim upstream through the forest in spring, when yellow gorse blossoms line the riverbanks. Catch glimpses of them in the sparkling water from the riverside trail, or spiral through the Gaelic tree alphabet in A'chraobh. Our map guide will help you explore Borgie Breco and other forest trails in Sutherland.
Meander through young native woodland along the beautiful River Borgie, one of Scotland’s most famous salmon rivers.
Smooth gravel surface with some slightly uneven grassy areas. Generally flat with some gentle slopes and short moderate ramps. Optional diversion to viewpoint has narrow boardwalk and exposed tree roots.
Allow ½ hour
Facilities & access
The nearest public toilets and places to eat are in Bettyhill and Tongue, 6 miles (9.6 km) and 7 miles (11.2 km) away respectively.
You might want to wear insect repellent or long sleeves during the summer: there can be a lot of midges and horseflies about.
The turn-off for Borgie Breco is on the south side of the A836 between Tongue and Bettyhill, just opposite the turn-off to Borgie village. Turn into the forest here and follow the track for just over ¼ mile (400 metres) to the main car park.
KW14 7SG is the nearest postcode. It's on the A836 coming from Bettyhill, 4 ½ miles (7.2 km) from the forest.
The bus service between Thurso and Tongue stops at Borgie Bridge, a short walk from the forest entrance. See Traveline Scotland for details.
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