Borgie Glen takes you to the edge of a vast northern interior of hills, heather moor and thousands of tiny lochans. It's an expansive place, where red deer roam and buzzards circle in the enormous sky. Climb towards The Unknown, an enigmatic sculpture by artist Kenny Hunter, and feel the mystery and grandeur of these so-called 'empty lands'.
Climb through the pines and get close to the ‘The Unknown’ with a majestic view across the forest to Ben Loyal and Ben Hope.
Loose gravel surface with some uneven and grassy sections. Long steep slopes up to viewpoint.
Allow ½ hour
The circular route past the lonesome pine is not long, but take your time and admire the views, for they are remarkable. At the top there's a handy picnic bench and Kenny Hunter's eerie sculpture to enjoy.
Cyclists and horseriders are welcome to explore the forest roads here. The routes are not waymarked so please bring a map and compass and let people know where you are going.
The nearest toilets and places to eat are in Bettyhill and Tongue, 5 ¾ miles (9.2 km) and 8 ¾ miles (14 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.
Borgie Glen is between Bettyhill and Tongue on the north coast of Sutherland. From Bettyhill take the A836 west for 5 miles (8 km) until you see signs for Borgie Glen. Turn left into the forest entrance and follow the forest road for ¾ mile (1.2 km). The car park is on your left at grid reference NC 679 579.
KW14 7SG is the nearest postcode. It's on the A836 coming from Bettyhill, 3 ½ miles (5.6 km) from the forest entrance.
The bus service between Thurso and Tongue stops at Borgie Bridge, a mile (1.6 km) from the forest entrance and 1¾ miles (2.8 km) from the car park. See Traveline Scotland for details.
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