The area surrounding Strathpeffer and Dingwall has a fantastic network of walking routes and footpaths. They are well signposted and interlink the areas of of Strathpeffer, Contin, Garve, Maryburgh and Dingwall through beautiful countryside that leads to many points of interest such as to Rogie falls where you can watch salmon leap from the river. Below are some of the most popular routes in the area.
Walks around Dingwall
There are many beautiful walks around Dingwall of varying lengths and levels of difficulty. One of the most pleasant is the Kinnardie Brae to Tulloch Castle walk that has fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and will take you along a salmon river which flows from the peaceful Strath Conon to the pretty village of Muir of Ord.
Strathpeffer – Rogie Falls – Strathgarve – Garve
Length: 7.55 miles
This is a cross-country walk along Loch Garve and through pine forests from Strathpeffer to Garve. The path starts at the youth hostel and goes along the edge of Loch Kinellan through farmland, and then into forests for the remainder of the walk until you reach Garve.
Achterneed Circular Walk
Length: 4.38 miles
There are varying paths on this walking route (two short sections of the walk have to be navigated without a path so remember to pack a compass!). Off the main tracks the paths can be very boggy too, so boots are advised. At the halfway point of this walk you will reach a scenic loch.
Please note that no parking is available in Achterneed. People driving to the start of this walk must park in Strathpeffer.
Knock Farrel Ridge Circular Walk
This is a short, circular variation of the linear walk from Strathpeffer to Dingwall via the Knock Farrel Ridge.
The walk has magnificent views all the way to the Iron Age fort at the end of it.
You return via a different route, which takes you to the Touchstone Maze, where samples of the main rock types that make up the Highlands are displayed. Parts of the return route can be rather muddy but is lots of fun for a family walk with the dog.
Loch Kinellan and Ord Woods
Length: 3.75 miles
Adventure into the wooded hillsides on this medium level walking route. It can be quite rough in some areas so good walking boots are strongly recommended.
Strathpeffer to Knockfarrel
Length: 4.5 miles
This 7km (4.3 miles) walk will take you through forestry and then along a distinctive ridge with extensive and extremely photogenic views. However, the paths can be slightly muddy in places. The descent from Cnoc Mor is very steep, but this can be avoided if desired.