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Borgie Breco

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our Covid-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.

About

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 (1)

Walking

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

Allow
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 and 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.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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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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Nearby forests

Silhouettes of hills and terrain against a cloudy sky at Borgie Glen

Climb into 'The Unknown' and enjoy views to the mountains of the far north

Facilities and activities
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Distance from 'Borgie Breco': 1.22 miles
Three women and two dogs sitting on an old stone wall

A deserted township on the hillside in Strathnaver

Facilities and activities
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Viewpoint
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Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Distance from 'Borgie Breco': 9.87 miles
A woman and a boy walk along a wide path beneath a stone archway

Two gentle trails through young woodland and meadows

Facilities and activities
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Walking
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Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Borgie Breco': 18.93 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 2)
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