Apart from supplying timber the forests have long been recognised as a recreational resource. In the Tain area two main walks have been laid out and signposted at Aldie Burn on the Scotsburn Road and Tain Hill to the west of Tain. Both walks are popular with locals and visitors and are extensively used. It is also possible to use the forestry tracks for longer walks and cycling routes. Most of the forests are also accessible for horse riding which is popular in the area, although access to certain areas is by permit, obtainable from the Forest District Office.
Two cycle routes within the Morangie Forest and Strathrory areas provide access into the heart of the predominantly Pine forest over distances of 14 and 22 miles respectively. Both cycle routes can be accessed from the Aldie Burn Forest Walk Car Park and provide spectacular views northward across the Dornoch Firth to Sutherland and southwards across the Cromarty Firth to the Black Isle, the Moray Firth and the Moray coastline. These routes are clearly marked with signposts bearing a cycle symbol.
OTHER FOREST RECREATIONS
Forest Enterprise also organises an annual programme of What’s On Events, a number of which are held in the Morangie area. Ranging from animated story telling to Fungal Forays, these events are popular with locals and visitors alike.
Further information on any of the recreational facilities including the Forest Walk trail guide and the What’s On leaflet may be obtained directly from the Forest District Office or from local tourist information centres.