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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

Borgie Glen

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Borgie Glen Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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

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'.

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

Walking trails


Lonesome Pine Trail

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.

¾ miles / 1.1 km

½ hour

More information

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.

Facilities & access


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.

Getting here

The entrance to Borgie Glen is 1 mile to the east of the turn-off for Borgie village, on the south side of the A836 between Bettyhill and Tongue. Follow the forest road for ¾ mile (1.2 km) to reach the car park.

Using SatNav?

KW14 7SG is the nearest postcode. It's on the A836 coming from Bettyhill, 3 ½ miles (5.6 km) from the forest entrance.

Public transport

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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