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Falls of Shin

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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.

Latest forest information

  • Update 19 March 2021: The forest walks and part of the car park at Falls of Shin are closed for repairs and improvements. We aim to reopen these in early April (weather, and contractors, permitting). Apologies for any inconvenience.

About

Ancient woodland, Atlantic salmon and thundering falls

Follow the winding road through Achany Glen to a forest clearing where salmon leap and children play. You've reached the Falls of Shin, a wonderful starting point for a range of trails through beautiful mixed woodland and along the rocky banks of the Shin. It's a great place to get out and enjoy the forest whatever your ability – there are natural play areas here and easy trails suitable for all users.

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

Walking trails (3)

Walking

Riverside Trail

A trail notice is in effect

  • Update 19 March 2021: The Riverside Trail is closed due to a fallen tree in the power line works exclusion zone. We have informed the National Grid and requested that they remove it safely. Once this has been completed we will re-open the trail as soon as possible.

Wander through native woodlands along the River Shin and look out for the shimmering of the aspen trees.

Firm gravel surface throughout. Some slightly uneven and overgrown grassy sections. Includes a number of short fairly steep slopes and two road crossings.

Moderate trail grade icon
½ miles / 1.0 km

Allow
½ hour

More information

This is one of only 14 places in the UK where the endangered aspen hoverfly survives. It relies on a constant supply of decaying aspen so we try to leave dead wood where it falls.

Walking

Pond and Play Trail

Search for colourful dragonflies and hidden wildlife carvings. Let your imagination run wild in the forest walk play areas.

Uneven gravel and grassy surface throughout. Moderate slopes with some short steeper sections.

Moderate trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.3 km

Allow
½ hour

Walking

Woodland Trail

Climb up through larch, fir and pine forest for great views across Achany Glen. Look and listen for buzzards and woodpeckers.

Uneven gravel and grassy path. Long moderate slopes for up to 600m with several short steeper sections.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

Lose yourself in towering conifer trees and shady glades where small birds forage for food. There are rugged natural play areas along the way, tremendous fun for children and adults. If you want to explore further by bike or on foot there's access to the forest road network here.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Parking
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Play area
Play area
Picnic area
Picnic area

Cafe

The Falls of Shin cafe, shop and toilets are owned by the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, and are currently closed. Please visit Falls of Shin – KoSDT.com for updates.

Life's essentials

You'll find public toilets and more places to eat in Bonar Bridge and Lairg.

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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.

More about parking

Getting here

From Bonar Bridge take the A836 north west for 4 miles (6.4 km), turning left onto the A837 towards Lochinver. After ¾ mile (800 metres) turn right onto the B864; the car park is on your left after 1¼ miles (2 km).

From Lairg follow the A839 south west for ¾ mile (1.2 km) and turn left onto the B864. The Falls of Shin car park is on your right after 4 miles (6.4 km).

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: IV27 4EE

Public transport

An infrequent bus service between Tain and Lairg stops at the Falls of Shin. See Traveline Scotland for details.

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Nearby forests

Close up of coniferous needles

Ancient monuments, scenic views and gentle lochside trails

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking icon
Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Play area
Play area
Picnic area
Picnic area
Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Tourist information
Tourist information
Distance from 'Falls of Shin': 2.81 miles
A man looks over tall trees from a viewpoint while a woman reads a leaflet

Descend down by Allt Mor burn into Raven's Rock Gorge

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Falls of Shin': 2.93 miles
Forested hillside with bare hills beyond

Keep an eye out for sika deer in this former walled deer park

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Distance from 'Falls of Shin': 3.55 miles

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0300 067 6100 (option 2)
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