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Some visitor centres are open – check individual web pages for more information. Our trails, toilets and car parks remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Borgie Breco

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COVID-19 update

Some FLS visitor centres are offering a reduced service, with walking and mountain bike trails remaining open, as are most toilets and car parks. Please check below for local updates on any closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

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.

Guide map to Forests of the Far North (PDF 6MB)

Walking trails


Riverside Trail

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.

Easy trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.1 km

½ hour

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Picnic beside a mature Scots pine with wide open views over the surrounding moorland, or watch for silver-backed salmon in the river.

Facilities & access

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Picnic area
Picnic area

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.

Getting here

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.

Using SatNav?

KW14 7SG is the nearest postcode. It's on the A836 coming from Bettyhill, 4 ½ miles (7.2 km) from the forest.

Public transport

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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0300 067 6100 (option 2)
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